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2. Arrival at Cumae and the Temple of Apollo
About this Lecture
In this module, we focus in more detail at the beginning of Book 6—the Trojans’ arrival at Cumae and the description of the Temple of Apollo that is found there. In particular, we think about the description of the sculptural reliefs that adorn the doors of the Temple of Apollo. Why are they described in such detail? How are they relevant to Aeneas’ own story?
In this course, Professor Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) explores the sixth book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Beginning with a discussion of the place of Book 6 in the poem as a whole, we then go through the whole of Book 6 in order, focusing on the description of the sculptures on the doors to the Temple of Apollo, the figure of the Sibyl, the layout of the underworld, the ghosts from Aeneas’ past, and the parade of Roman heroes with which the book ends.
Professor Philip Hardie is a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Latin at the University of Cambridge.
Between 2002 and 2006, he was the Corpus Christi Professor of Latin at the University of Oxford, while in 2010, he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Classics at Stanford University.
Hardie's research focuses on Latin poetry of the Republican and Imperial periods, with a particular focus in Virgil.
Cite this Lecture
Hardie, P. (2018, August 15). Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6 - Arrival at Cumae and the Temple of Apollo [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/virgil-aeneid-book-6/arrival-at-cumae-and-the-temple-of-apollo
Hardie, P. "Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6 – Arrival at Cumae and the Temple of Apollo." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/virgil-aeneid-book-6/arrival-at-cumae-and-the-temple-of-apollo