Vergil

Many websites are devoted to the great Roman poet: David Wilson OkamuraUNC-Chapel Hill; University of PennsylvaniaVergilian Society. The Digital Proceedings of the Virgil Society includes a searchable database of publications dating back to 1961. You can listen to recordings of excerpted passages (Latin as well as Dryden‘s translation). Project Perseus has Dryden‘s verse translation; John Conington made a prose version (1846); Ingo Gildenhard has a study text of 1-299. Servius’ 4th c. commentary has recently been published in a stand-alone volume on Book IV.

In 1945, Thomas David McMahon wrote a thesis on “Virgil’s Indebtedness for the Dido Episode,” including Apollonius of Rhodes, Naevius, and Catullus. William Harris (Middlebury)  created a scenario for a Studio Drama Performance. Richard Heinze dedicated a chapter of Virgil’s Epic Technique to Dido, as did Eve Adler in Vergil’s Empire: Political Thought in the Aeneid. Here are some lovely reflections on Carthage in verse and song. Wolfgang Polleichtner’s dissertation on Aeneas’ emotions has tantalizing chapter titles like: “How to Enter a Poem and to Suffer Shipwreck Epically.”

Professor Susan Satterfield joined us discuss the shades of Cleopatra in Vergil’s depiction of Dido.

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Figures of Aeneas, Ascanius, Venus and Dido (l-r) from a mosaic floor at Low Ham, Somerset

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