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4. Speech and Action
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about speech and action Book 11. In particular, we focus on long speech of Diana to Opis about Camilla (11.535-94), Aeneas’ preference for (military) action over speech, the idea of Drances as a kind of Cicero (and Turnus therefore as kind of Antony – or Catiline?), Roman attitudes towards different types of speech, and Evander’s impassioned speech demanding revenge for the death of his son, Pallas (11.152-82).
In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 11 of Virgil’s Aeneid. In the first module, we think about Book 11 in relation to its position within the epic as a whole, focusing in particular on its relation to the end of the poem. After that, we consider the ways in which Virgil enriches his description of the war between the Trojans and the Latins with references to other points in Roman mythic history. In third module, we look in more detail at the figure of Camilla, before turning in the fourth module to the importance of speech and action in Book 11.
Llewelyn Morgan is a Classicist, a Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. The focus of most of his research is Roman literature and culture, and he is the author of the well-received study of Roman poetic form, Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse (Oxford, 2010).
But he also has a longstanding fascination for Afghanistan, contemporary and historical, which he traces to his discovery, at an impressionable age, of a Russian samovar inscribed “Candahar 1881”. He has made several visits to Afghanistan in recent years, and his most recent book, The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Profile Books and Harvard University Press, 2012), traces the history of these remarkable monuments from their Buddhist origins 1,400 years ago, through their celebrity in Islamic wonder literature and European travel writing, up until their destruction in 2001.
Morgan is a regular public speaker, on many aspects of Classics and Afghanistan, appears occasionally on BBC Radio 4, and writes slightly less occasionally for the Times Literary Supplement.
Cite this Lecture
Morgan, L. (2019, January 18). Virgil: Aeneid: Book 11 - Speech and Action [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/virgil-aeneid-book-11/speech-and-action
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