Aeneid Book 1: A few questions

How does Virgil in Book 1 prepare the ground for the love affair between Aeneas and Dido? Virgil prepares the ground for the love affair is between the Aeneas and Dido because there are frequent references to exile. Aeneas is in exile from Troy because he and the Trojans who accompanied him are the last…

Cicero- the greatest portrait artist ever?

How does Cicero portray Clodia in the speech, and to what end? The defence speech written and delivered by Cicero, Pro Caelio, or in the defence of Caelius, is one which focuses around the denigration of the character of Clodia, through which Cicero was aiming to exonerate Caelius from the murder charges of which he…

Lucretius: does he convince you?

How and how successfully does Lucretius win over his reader? Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura is a piece of work discussing both the nature of the world and of humans, heavily influenced by the teachings of Epicurus. The passages that are to be covered talk about the needless fear of death and the nature of the…

Medea: a real ending?

Does the Medea have a satisfactory ending? The ending of the Medea play by Euripides has been the subject of much discussion gaining an equal number of criticisms and acclamations. It has most famously been lampooned by Aristotle in his equally famous Poetics, in which he pontificates on what he considers to the ideal path…