This edition: Virgil: The Aeneid, Pt. 1
Over the course of the three lessons, students focus on four questions: What makes Aeneas a distinctly Roman hero? What was Virgil's purpose behind writing the epic? What debt does Virgil owe to Homer? How does Virgil betray his own ambivalence in this epic vision, which both celebrates Rome's greatness and measures its staggering cost? The classes focus particularly on Books II (The Fall of Troy ), IV ( The Tragedy of Dido ), and VI ( The Symbolic Death and Resurrection of the Hero ).
Featured interviews: Professor Maynard Mack (Yale University), editor for the Norton Anthology of Classical Literature,and Professor A. D. Nuttall (New College–Oxford)