Memory in Vergil's Aeneid : Creating the Past Hardback
Tracing the path from Troy's destruction to Rome's foundation, the Aeneid explores the transition between past and future.
As the Trojans struggle to found a new city and the narrator sings of his audience's often-painful history, memory becomes intertwined with a crucial leitmotif: the challenge of being part of a group that survives violence and destruction only to face the daunting task of remembering what was lost.
This book offers a new reading of the Aeneid that engages with critical work on memory and questions the prevailing view that Aeneas must forget his disastrous history in order to escape from a cycle of loss.
Considering crucial scenes such as Aeneas' reconstruction of Celaeno's prophecy and his slaying of Turnus, this book demonstrates that memory in the Aeneid is a reconstructive and dynamic process, one that offers a social and narrative mechanism for integrating a traumatic past with an uncertain future.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 12/09/2013
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9781107031807