Comparing Iliad 23 & Aeneid 5

1.00 – 4.00pm Saturday 9th March

Room 103, La Trobe University Franklin Street

Presented by Chris Mackie and Rhiannon Evans

Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid are often compared for the way that they deal with warfare, anger, and loss. In these two books, both epics take a step back from the battlefield to focus on individual warriors in the Greek and Trojan camp as they engaged in sporting contests with one another, rather than the enemy.

The comparison of the ‘games’ books in the respective poems highlights a number of significant themes, such as an intensely competitive environment, the importance of thoughtful leadership, and the dynamics between individuals within a group.

Both of these books also deal with the notion of honouring the dead through the joys of athletic competition (in Virgil’s case, on water!). In this session, we shall consider how these issues are played out in texts from vastly different cultural contexts (Archaic Greece and Augustan Rome), and how and why Virgil borrows and deviates from his Homeric model.

Optional Preparatory Reading:

Homer, Iliad, trans. R. Lattimore (University of Chicago Press, 2011) - Book 23

Virgil, Aeneid, trans. D. West (Penguin Books, 1990) - Book 5

Course Code - IA02 Cost: $105 (full)/ $95 (discount)

Registration Census Date: Friday 1st March

If this seminar has not reached the minimum number of enrolments required to run by the registration census date it will be cancelled. Please register early to avoid disappointment.