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Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6

The Place of Book 6 in the Poem

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About this Lecture

In this module, we think about the position of Book 6 in the poem as a whole, focusing in particular on the idea of the poem as being split into two halves—the first ‘Odyssean, the second ‘Iliadic’—the importance of Cumae as the first place in Italy where the Trojans spend any amount of time, and the purpose of Aeneas’ descent to the underworld at this point in the narrative.

About this Course

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.

About the Lecturer

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.

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Hardie, P. (2018, August 15). Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6 - The Place of Book 6 in the Poem [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/virgil-aeneid-book-6/the-place-of-book-6-in-the-poem

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Hardie, Philip. "Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6 – The Place of Book 6 in the Poem." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/virgil-aeneid-book-6/the-place-of-book-6-in-the-poem