The Classical Journal. April-May, 2019, Vol. 114 Issue 4, p488, 19 p.
Latin poetry -- Study and teaching, Popular music -- Testing, Sampling (Acoustical engineering) -- Analysis, Greek poets -- Works, Greek poets -- Criticism and interpretation, Eclogues (Virgil) (Poetry collection) -- Translations and translating, and Eclogues (Virgil) (Poetry collection) -- Criticism and interpretation
Italian poets -- Works, Architecture, Roman -- Influence, Public buildings -- Design and construction, Public buildings -- Portrayals, Aeneid: Book 7 (Poem) -- Criticism and interpretation, and Rome (Ancient state) -- Buildings and facilities
In the seventh book of the Aeneid, the Trojans finally land on the shores of the Tiber, where Aeneas will establish his own destined civilization. Upon arrival, he sends an [...] In Aeneid 7, Latinus receives the Trojans in his curia, a building simultaneously described as tectum, regia, and templum in Vergil's ekphrasis (7.170-91), which has complicated discussions concerning the building's function and conception. Many studies have suggested that specific temples in Rome are the sole inspiration for Vergil. I argue, however, that the poet is more generally allusive, and I suggest below that the Roman curia, overlooked thus far in scholarship, also informs the poet's ekphrasis, through an examination of the architectural and ideological features in Latinus's curia. By projecting Roman architecture and monuments into the past, Vergil emphasizes that architecture comprises a significant part of the history and purpose of Rome.
College Literature. Wntr, 2013, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p11, 22 p.
Epic poetry -- Analysis, Poets -- Works, Poets -- Criticism and interpretation, Myth -- Analysis, and Mythology -- Analysis
Virgil's epic obsessively laments its inferiority with respect to its Homeric model, and yet the creation of reflexive, self-lacerating interiority is itself a radical new departure. It turns into an [...]
Mnemosyne. August 2015, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p588, 17 p.
Poets -- Works, Poets -- Criticism and interpretation, Military art and science -- Portrayals, Simile -- Analysis, and Aeneid (Virgil) (Poem) -- Criticism and interpretation
Turnus' ballistic effort in the poem's finale is answered by a contrapuntal simile describing Aeneas' spear-throw as a salvo from a siege-engine: Turnus' abortive feat, emulating an archaic epic gesture, now marks the anarcho-primitivist, while the ballista image--a conspicuous, forward-looking anachronism--pointedly plays off 'modern' technological rationality against a model of outdated heroics. As symbol and metonymy, this tension recapitulates aspects of the poem's teleological design and, as such, discloses the mechanisms of the text's own functioning: the simile of mechanized warfare echoes the theme of Jupiter's blueprint with its defining polarities chaos/order, uis/consilium, nature/culture, and the forward march of history. Keywords Vergilian similes--archaic heroism--ballistics--anachronism DOI 10.1163/1568525X-12341686
Italian poets -- Works, Italian poets -- Criticism and interpretation, Conclusions (Writing) -- Comparative analysis, Aeneid (Virgil) (Poem) -- Criticism and interpretation, and Thebaid (Statius) (Poem) -- Criticism and interpretation
For Susanna Braund This essay examines the relationship between the conclusions of Virgil's Aeneid and the Thebaid of Statius. Its argument centers on the later poet's elimination of eroticism and [...]