Last Trojan Hero, The: A Cultural History of Virgil's Aeneid by Philip Hardie

By Philip Hardie

“I sing of palms and of a guy: his destiny had made him fugitive: he was once the 1st to trip from the coasts of Troy so far as Italy and the Lavinian shores.” The resonant establishing traces of Virgil’s Aeneid rank one of the most famed and continuously recited verses to were handed right down to later a long time through antiquity. And after the Odyssey and the Iliad, Virgil’s masterpiece is arguably the best classical textual content within the complete of Western literature. This sinuous and richly characterized epic vitally motivated the poetry of Dante, Petrarch and Milton. The doomed love of Dido and Aeneas encouraged Purcell, whereas for T S Eliot Virgil’s poem used to be ‘the vintage of all Europe’. The poet’s stirring story of a refugee Trojan prince, ‘torn from Libyan waves’ to came upon a brand new place of origin in Italy, has supplied a lot fertile fabric for writings on colonialism and for discourses of ethnic and nationwide id. The Aeneid has even been considered as a template and a resource of philosophical justification for British and American imperialism and adventurism. In his significant new booklet Philip Hardie explores the various awesome afterlives - old, medieval and glossy - of the Aeneid in literature, song, politics, the visible arts and film.

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