Virgil (70 - 19 B.C.)

Consider Timeline: The Aeneid
Things to Consider:
  • Duty (pietas):  Self vs. God(s) vs. Country
  • Fate vs. Free Will
  • Role of Gods/Relationship to Humans
  • Role of Women
  • Relationship to Family
  • See map of his journey 
Selected Characters:
  • Aeneas: Founder of the Roman People, Trojan Prince
  • Creusa: Aeneas's Trojan Wife
  • Ascanius/Iulus: Son of Aeneas and Creusa
  • Anchises: Aeneas's Father
  • Aphrodite/Venus/Cytherea:  Aeneas's Mother
  • Dido: Former queen of Tyre, Founder of Carthage

** Homework Questions **
General: 575:
576:
Book Four:
621: 625: 625-26: 630:
Other Discussion Questions:
573:
574:
621: 622: 623:
626:
627: 629: 630-31: 633:
635-36: 636: 638: 640:

"Group" Discussion Questions:

1.  Compare the following pairs of people in terms of their function in their respective works.  

The Aeneid The Iliad




Aeneas Achilles

Venus Thetis

Juno  Juno 

Venus Venus

Dido Jocasta (actually in Oedipus Rex)

2.  Describe Aeneas's treatment of Dido. Does he mistreat or mislead her or are his actions justifiable?  Explain.

3.  Describe the role of  Fate in the lives of Dido and Aeneas.

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