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Approaches to Teaching Vergil's Aeneid

Editor(s): William S. Anderson, Lorina N. Quartarone

Pages: xiii & 255 pp.
Published: 2002
ISBN: 9780873527729

"This stimulating and wide-ranging collection of essays is addressed primarily to instructors, some of whom may be non-classically trained, who will be teaching the Aeneid in translation at the undergraduate level, though it [is] valuable to all teachers of the Aeneid at whatever level, whether in Latin or English translation."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Vergil's Aeneid has been the most continually read and discussed work by a Roman author in the history of Western literature. Yet it can be a challenging work to teach--Vergil is a complex, subtle poet; his culture and time are removed from us; and Latin is less studied in college than it was a generation ago.

Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," critiques the main English translations, lists reference works and resources (including those on the Internet), and gives an overview of criticism. Part 2, "Approaches," strikes a balance between traditional and new approaches to the text. Among the subjects of these essays are Augustan politics, Homeric parallels, key terms (pietas, furor), narrative techniques, uses of simile, images of women, the treatment of warfare, and comparisons of the Aeneid with such works as Dante's Divine Comedy and Milton's Paradise Lost.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Vergil's Aeneid

Lorina N. Quartarone
Latin Editions and Commentaries
English Translations
History of the Text
The Instructor's Library
Reference Works
Background Studies
Critical Studies
Twentieth-Century Critical Perspectives
Daniel M. Hooley
Internet Resources
Audiovisual Materials

    William S. Anderson and Lorina N. Quartarone

Preliminary Considerations

Pietas and Furor: Motivational Forces in the Aeneid
    Sarah Spence
Trojan, Dardanian, Roman: The Power of Epithets in the Aeneid
    William S. Anderson

Aeneas and Heroism

"Frigid Indifference" or "Soaked Through and Through with Feeling"? Portrayal of Character in the Aeneid
    Shirley Werner

The Public and Private Aeneas: Observations on Complex Responsibility
    John Breuker, Jr.

"Tum Pectore Sensus Vertuntur Varii": Reading and Teaching the End of the Aeneid
    Barbara Weiden Boyd

Homeric Intertextuality

Vergil's Aeneas: The Best of the Romans
    James J. Clauss

Homer, Pietas, and the Cycle of Duels in Aeneid 10 and 12
    Randall Colaizzi

History and Material Culture

Vergil's Aeneid and the Evolution of Augustus
    Michael C. J. Putnam

The Anger of Juno in Vergil's Aeneid
    Patricia A. Johnston

Vergil and the Monuments
    Mary Jaeger

Gender Issues

Future Perfect Feminine: Women Past and Present in Vergil's Aeneid
    Sharon L. James

Pietas, Furor, and Ecofeminism in the Aeneid
    Lorina N. Quartarone

Feminae Furentes: The Frenzy of Noble Women in Vergil's Aeneid and the Letter of Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi
    Judith P. Hallett

Classroom Techniques and Strategies

Appreciating the Poetry of the Aeneid
    Scott Ward and Gary S. Meltzer

Look Who's Talking: A Narratological Approach
    Nancy Ciccone

Integrating the Aeneid into Larger Academic Contexts

Tragedy and Vergil's Aeneid
    Ann Engar

Dante's Vergil
    Rachel Jacoff

Teaching the Aeneid with Milton's Paradise Lost
    Patrick J. Cook

Homeric Parallels
Cultural, Historical, and Literary Terminology

Works Cited


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