Aeneas- Good Roman, Bad Roman

In what respect is Aeneas a good Roman model of behaviour in book 2? In order to evaluate what type of character and how good of a Roman role model Aeneas was in book 2 of Aeneid and we must first establish what exactly a good Roman was. Augustus during his reign and redefined what…

Aeneid Book 5: A Smorgasbord of Emotions

How in book 5 does Virgil create scenarios of both joy and despair? Why is book 5 considered an antidote to the tragedy of book 4? Book 5 of the Aeneid is a direct mimesis of the funeral games held for Patroclus in the Iliad. Aeneas is demonstrating his filial duties by visiting his father’s,…

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…