Memory in Vergil's Aeneid
  • Author : Aaron M. Seider
  • Release Date : 12 September 2013
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Genre : History
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  • ISBN 13 : 9781107292529
  • Total Download : 821
  • File Size : 53,8 Mb

Memory in Vergil's Aeneid PDF Summary

Tracing the path from Troy's destruction to Rome's foundation, the Aeneid explores the transition between past and future. As the Trojans struggle to found a new city and the narrator sings of his audience's often-painful history, memory becomes intertwined with a crucial leitmotif: the challenge of being part of a group that survives violence and destruction only to face the daunting task of remembering what was lost. This book offers a new reading of the Aeneid that engages with critical work on memory and questions the prevailing view that Aeneas must forget his disastrous history in order to escape from a cycle of loss. Considering crucial scenes such as Aeneas' reconstruction of Celaeno's prophecy and his slaying of Turnus, this book demonstrates that memory in the Aeneid is a reconstructive and dynamic process, one that offers a social and narrative mechanism for integrating a traumatic past with an uncertain future.

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