Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Articles Of Note

An interesting application of Laocoon to the recent tragedy at Ft. Hood.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Essay Exercise for Book I, l.132-141

I know this is a passage you read some time ago, but i have some materials paired with it to focus on critical writing techniques. Due by 11:59 p.m., September 30th, so that we can discuss them at our after-school meeting Thursday.

In Bk. I.132-141, Neptune scolds the winds for wreaking havoc on the seas without his permission. He hints at punishment to come if they disobey him in the future. In a short essay, discuss how the speakers conveys his anger to his listeners. Refer specifically to the Latin to support your answer.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Aeneid Short Essay Response #3

In Book I l.157-207, Aeneas does what he can to comfort his surviving companions after their shipwreck. He does this both in words and deeds. Describe what Aeneas' speech and actions reveal about Vergil's characterization of him as a Roman hero.

Due to my tardiness in posting this promt, a response will not be due until 11:59 pm Thursday night.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Aeneid Short Essay Response #2

The first 49 lines of Book I outlines the major themes of the Aeneid--Aeneas' quest to found a city, the physical and metaphysical struggles to accomplish that mission, the divine opposition of Juno to that mission, and the supremacy of Fate in all these affairs. Of these, the irae Iunonis and will of the Parcae receive the most backstory at the outset, through the recollection of the "Judgement of Paris". You may find an account here .

In a well-argued, three-paragraph essay, explain how Vergil represents the judgements effects through Juno's recollections and the way in which the defeat of Juno's Carthaginians is presented as a matter of Fate. Be sure to consider his use of allusion, foreshadowing and other literary devices to achieve this.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Aeneid Short Essay Response #1

Please answer the following prompt in a concise, well-argued essay. Be sure to cite as directly from the Latin text as you can. Responses must be dated by 11:59 pm, August 30th, to receive full credit.

Book 1.1-11 of the Aeneid sets forth the dominant themes of the poem to follow--the struggles endured by the Trojan Aeneas in his mission to found a city. Drawing both on the text & your supplemental readings from this week, outline the particular historical tradition Vergil drew on for this poem, as well as the particular circumstances under which Vergil himself was working. As you do, offer reasonable, text-based analysis of the role Vergil allots to fate in the narrative that he sets out.