Vergil's Aeneid: Hero, War, Humanity

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APPENDIX IV
Discussion Questions
1. What is an epic poem? In what ways does the Aeneid adhere to and depart from the traditional definition?
2. Can we say that the Aeneid is a “timeless” piece of literature, or is it merely a historical curiosity? Does the unfamiliar setting make the main characters seem more or less accessible or sympathetic?
3. In the original Latin, Aeneas is routinely described as pius (lit. pious). Is Aeneas’ piety an attractive characteristic, or does he come off as a bit of a prig? Do his actions at the very end of the story seem consistent with everything else that he does?
4. Is it fair to suggest that Turnus is more fully depicted and more interesting than Aeneas? In what ways might Turnus be considered a more sympathetic character?
5. What does Vergil mean when he says at the beginning of Book 7 that he plans to introduce “a more serious tone” and “a more universal theme”? What are the differences in tone and theme between the two halves of the Aeneid?
6. As is normal in an ancient epic, the main characters in the Aeneid are larger than life heroic figures—gods, kings, mighty warriors. Does the work suffer from a lack of “ordinary people”?

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