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On Reading Vergil
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Ascanius, map, Roman, rationalizing, love, mystical, learned, plague, Jupiter, Dido, dream, storm, Homer, Hera, commentary, redundant, Puppy, Mars, Zeus, tragedians, tool, mappable, Longa
how Vergil thought about myth
asking this of Homer or the                     , we wouldn't get much of an answer, since they didn't have much meta-thought on what myth was to them, they just employed it
with Virgil we have evidence of him using myth as a         
has large tradition of the interpretation of           
Vergil is a scholar poet, an artist
an extremely                person
very familiar with the traditions that he is writing and rewriting but also of the                      of these writings
this gives him a rich context in which to remake the traditions that are coming his way
has a strong                            impulse to him
when he encounters strange or                  events, he provides an explanation of these
e.g. the          scene at the close of Book 1 where Venus decides to weaken          by making her fall in love with Aeneas
Venus reshapes Amor into the shape of                 , the infant son of Aeneas
Amor
-son of the love goddess Venus
Cupido = desire, Amor = love
Greek counterpart is Eros
Ascanius [as-KAYN-ee-us]
legendary king of Alba            and is the son of the Trojan hero Aeneas
so behind this falling in love, you have a psychological tactic being employed by Venus (The            Effect)
leaving Crete
thinking about making new city here
but Aeneas should leave Crete because of             
Vergil casts the visiting of the gods in the form of a           
so there is not only the psychological issue of the gods telling him to go, but the physical issue of the plague
a                    set of causes given
Jupiter
is quite a grand remove from most of the events that happen in the story
different from         , who gets his hands dirty threatening people, sending messengers, etc.
Jupiter is further removed, grander, further out
Vergil puts                in the highest levels of the cosmos, and he stays there, he doesn't come down
Juno
Greek equivalent:         
daughter of Saturn
sister/wife of the chief god Jupiter
mother of         
Juno looked after women in Rome
when Juno gets involved in events with Aeneas, she is typically a storm goddess
blow winds and storms
in the Greek materials, Hera is not a storm goddess, not her way of doing things
Greek allegorists understood Hera's name as meaning "air" and air is responsible for the weather, so Juno as            goddess is based on a long allegorical tradition
household gods
effigies, actual statues
local gods of particular families, a very            custom, not a Greek one
very important for Vergil's story
actual place names
also part of Vergil's rationalizing spirit
his story is highly mappable
all mappings of the Odyssey, on the other hand, are mostly creations of the map makers
where Homer's geography is mythic, Vergil's geography is accurate
Homer has strange and wonderful places but you can't really find them on a        of the Mediterranean
with Vergil, every place he talks about is specifically                  onto real geography, Romans knew these places, had grown up there or visited them
Vergil is working with a new sense of "myth in history"
there was quite a high amount of history in Vergil's time and constructing myth within history is not easy, but with his vast knowledge something that Vergil largely succeeds at
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The Journey of Aeneas
On Reading Vergil
Aeneid: The Odyssey with a Virgilian Twist
Aeneas, Laocoon, and the Trojan Horse
Disguised Odysseus Meets Eumaeus
Telemachus and Theoclymenus
Odysseus and Circe