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Both in its conception and in its execution, Virgil’s Roman epic the Aeneid is intimately dependent upon Homer’s Greek epics the Iliad and the Odyssey. Indeed Virgil goes out of his way to both imitate Homer’s poems and to connect his story with Homer’s stories. This lecture will explore the various relationships between Virgil’s work and Homer’s works in order to better understand both the Aeneid as a work of literature and Virgil’s cultural project to portray Rome as an integral part of the classical Greek world.
GIVEN: 7 JUNE 2013