READING ASSIGNMENTSHomer, The Iliad
Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War
Plato, The Republic
Virgil, The Aeneid
WRITING TECHNIQUESThe Basics
Close and Critical Reading
CORC 1110 FACULTY WEBSITESRoger Dunkle
John Van Sickle
OTHER LINKSCORC 1110 Study Guide
Greek Mythology Link
Glossary of Terms
Aeneid by Vergil
"It is easy to go down into Hell; night and day, the gates of dark Death stand wide; but to climb back again, to retrace one's steps to the upper air - there's the rub, the task."
Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil or Vergil) is known to be one of the most influential Roman authors. Born in 70 BC to a farmers family, Virgil knew early on that farming was not for him. He left home and moved to Cremona where he could study Greek and Latin. He later moved to Mediolanum and finally Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric. Virgil completed his studies in Naples. It was in Naples that Virgil met Epicurean and Siro. From 45 to 37 B.C., Virgil wrote his ten Ecologues and form 36 to 29 B.C., he wrote the four books Georgics.
During the course of his life, Virgil wrote other stories, and poems, some of which were influenced by Lucritius and Thoecritus. One epic poem in particular is The Aeneid. It depicts the story of Aeneas and his fellow Trojans on a journey to find a new city after their homeland was siezed by the Greeks. Virgil wrote The Aeneid, in 27 B.C., during the reign of the Augustus, the Roman emporer. He died before completing the Aenied. His death was caused by a fever that he contracted while visiting Greece. Although unfinished, the Aeneid was and still is recognized as one of the greatest epic poems.
Introduction to the Plot Summary
After being fooled into accepting a wooden horse as a gift from thier rivals, the Greeks, Aeneas and his fellow Trojans are in retreat from Troy, their homeland, which is now under the control of the Greeks. They are sailing the Mediterranean Sea determined to find Rome, Italy, where it is destined by the gods that Aeneas is to become the founder. Twice they are thrown off course and land in Carthage and then in Sicily. Over the course of thier travels, some of the people become travel-weary and ill and remain behind while the others continue the journey. Their arrival to Rome begins peacefully, but it is not long before Aeneas and his fellow Trojans must once again battle for leadership.
Main Characters and Places of The Aeneid:
Additional Resources for the Aeneid:
Life of Virgil, Virgil.org
Virgil, Perseus Project
Virgil's Aeneid, Roger Dunkle, Study Guide
Outline of the Aeneid, UK Classics Department