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School: University of Arkansas
Department: Foreign Language
Course: World Literature 1
Professor: R. Madison
Term: Summer 2015
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Name: WLIT 1113H Week 5 Notes
Description: These notes cover information and lectures on the Aeneid
Uploaded: 02/18/2018
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background image WLIT Week 5 Notes The Aeneid 1. Historical Background a. Augustus (Octavius) ruled Rome for 40 years as first  emperor b. Roman virtue –  i. Pietas = dutifulness ii. Veritas = truthfulness  2. Connection to other literature a. Aeneid begins where the Iliad leaves off. It explains the  defeat of the Trojans b. Aeneid and Odyssey have similar stories i. Aeneas/Odysseus seek to find home. Their  destinies were possible with the intervention of 
gods, although some were against them 
3. Virgil a. Enlisted by Augustus to write a great national epic to  immortalize the Roman empire b. Perfectionist – on his deathbed, he ordered the Aeneid  to be destroyed because it was not finished yet c. Virgil vs Homer i. Virgil combines the themes of Homers’ past works  The Odyssey, which is about a hero trying to 
return home, and The Iliad, which is about a hero 
fighting a battle for duty and his home ii. Blends several aspects of Homer allusions in a 
single character, thus giving characters increased 
personality and depth.  iii. Characteristic of Virgil's writing is that he often fills in parts that Homer would have left untold. A great
background image example of this is the full story of the Trojan Horse  given to the readers by Virgil. 4. Plot Overview a. Book I i. Begins with Aeneas who has fled from Troy and  fated to reach Italy where his line will eventually 
build the Roman Empire
ii. Juno, fearing Aeneas destiny, has his fleet of ships  separated as they are escaping iii. They land on Carthage and Venus tells Aeneas  about Queen Dido and places a mist over them as 
they walk through the city
iv. Dido offers the Trojans help v. Venus is worried about the deception of Juno so  she sends Cupid, disguised as Aeneas’ son, to 
make Dido fall in love with Aeneas
b. Book II i. Aeneas retells his past adventures, which include  the Trojan War and their wanderings ii. Gives detailed descriptions of the Trojan horse  iii. Aeneas is trying to fend off the Greeks when he  sees Helen and is filled with anger iv. Venus appears and reminds him of his destiny  which leads to his family’s escape from Troy

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School: University of Arkansas
Department: Foreign Language
Course: World Literature 1
Professor: R. Madison
Term: Summer 2015
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Name: WLIT 1113H Week 5 Notes
Description: These notes cover information and lectures on the Aeneid
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