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Virgil’s Aeneid: An Inside Look into Ancient Rome’s Greatest Epic Poem

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1J0262
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Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas from Virgil's Aeneid

Two millennia after it was composed, Virgil’s Aeneid remains one of the most influential and remarkable works in Western literature. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, delves into what makes Virgil’s great work tick.

This ancient poem that recounts the myth of how the Roman empire was founded is still relevant today, Luzzi says. He explores the brilliant formal and thematic qualities that give the Aeneid its unusual force and explains how it continues—as well as departs from—the storyline of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

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