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.