CLLA 404(F) Vergil's Aeneid

Although he used the Iliad and Odyssey as literary models, Vergil created a thoroughly Roman-and Italian-epic with the Aeneid, a poem which addresses contemporary politics (the principate of Augustus) through the figure of Aeneas, the mythical hero of Troy. We will pay close attention to the political as well as the literary background of Rome's greatest literary achievement, and one of the major issues we will explore is the degree to which Vergil's Aeneid provides a new model of the Roman military and political leader. Evaluation will be based on contributions to class, a midterm exam, and a final paper. Prerequisites: Latin 202 or permission of instructor.