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Classics Association Talk

Virgil's Aeneid: Between Homer & Rome

  • 15 March 2017
  • Author: Deb Aldred
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Classics Association Talk

This Thursday, 16th March, AKS are delighted to host the next Classics Association event.  Dr Gail Trimble will be here and in her talk for the Association, Dr Trimble is analysing Virgil’s Aeneid between Homer and Rome. Virgil’s Aeneid, written between 29 and 19 BC, tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy,  where he became the ancestor of the Romans. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’s wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem’s second half tells of the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.

Virgil faced many challenges when he took on the task of writing an epic poem, but Dr.Trimble’s talk explores two of the biggest: Homer was not only the undisputed greatest poet of the ancient world, but also the source of all other literature and perhaps of all knowledge: yet Virgil aimed to be another Homer.   On the other hand, as well as this literary giant he had to deal with a contemporary political giant in the form of the Emperor Augustus, who seems to have wanted an epic poem in praise of his new Roman world order. And the Roman world in the late first century BC, with its messy politics and conflicting philosophical and religious ideas, was a very different place from the world of archaic Greece in which Homer’s lliad and Odyssey had first been heard.   Dr Trimble will ask and attempt to answer the intriguing question of “How could Virgil compose a Homeric poem that still had important things to say to his Roman contemporaries – and to us?” We very much look forward to finding out Dr Trimble’s conclusions in this lecture.

Doors open at 6:15pm for refreshments, a bookstall, raffle and a chance to meet Dr. Trimble.  The talk commences at 7pm.

If you would like to find out more about Dr Trimble and her lecture, then please follow the link to the Programme on our website and scroll down to this week's lecture.  The link is below.  

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