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.