- AllenLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Aeneid is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is written in dactylic hexameter. It is split into 12 books, books 1-6 roughly imitating the wandering theme of Homer's Odyssey, and 7-12 following the war and conflict theme of the Iliad.
The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco-Roman legend and myth, having been a character in the Iliad; Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas' wanderings, his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous piety, and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or nationalist epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy, glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimated the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy.
2006-09-22 22:07:36 補充：
Modern critics, on the other hand, have been less kind. Virgil's poetry is often judged in relation to that of his Greek predecessors, especially the Iliad and the Odyssey, epics attributed to Homer that also portray the Trojan War and its aftermath.
2006-09-22 22:08:18 補充：
Most contemporary scholars hold that Virgil's poetry pales in comparison to Homer's. Virgil himself often viewed his poetry in light of Homer's; he invoked such comparisons within the Aeneid and wished to surpass the Greek poet, while still borrowing from him heavily.
2006-09-22 22:08:33 補充：
Virgil's poetry does not possess the same originality of expression as Homeric epic poetry. The Aeneid shares with the Iliad and the Odyssey a tone of ironic tragedy, as characters act against their own wishes, submit their lives to fate, and often meet dark ends.
2006-09-22 22:09:27 補充：
Scholars agree that Virgil distinguished himself within the epic tradition of antiquity by representing the broad spectrum of human emotion in his characters.Source(s): wikipedia, sparknotes
- 勝勝Lv 51 decade ago
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