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Memory in Vergil's Aeneid
Creating the Past

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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107031807

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  • 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 reading of the epic 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.

    • Proposes a new view of memory's role in the Aeneid which moves beyond the typical opposition of remembering and forgetting
    • Engages fully with modern critical scholarship on memory
    • Considers the Aeneid within Rome's larger dialogue about the role of the past
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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107031807
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Turning toward Rome
    2. The challenge of Troy
    3. A personal affair: memories of Dido
    4. The narrator's song
    5. Imperatives of memory: foundation and fury in Aeneid 12
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Aaron M. Seider, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    Aaron M. Seider is an Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross.

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