Dr R Armstrong
This series continues the provision for students studying Mods, although those at other stages or on other courses are very welcome to attend if interested. The lectures cover a range of themes and ways of approaching the Aeneid:
Week 1: Close Encounters: Reading and Re-reading the Aeneid – a practical demonstration of the joys (hopefully) of looking in detail at a relatively short, multi-layered passage of the poem.
Week 2: Shock and Awe: Violence and the Grotesque – looks at some of the monsters of the Aeneid, together with some graphic battle-scene violence.
Week 3: In the Shadow of Olympus: Divine Authorities in the Aeneid – assessing the divine-political frameworks both adumbrated and directly presented in the poem, as well as offering some insight into the ‘small gods’ overshadowed by the Olympians.
Week 4: Lines and Limits of Comparison: exploring Vergilian similes as well as some of the broader comparisons achieved via structure and intertextuality.
Week 5: Nature in the Aeneid – an ecocritical glance at various aspects of the natural world in the poem, including seas, rivers and forests.
Week 6: Futurology: Omens, Prophecies and Foreshadowing in the Aeneid – a brief look at the troublesome theories of Fate together with examples of puzzling predictions unpacked.
Week 7: Encyclopaedia Romana: the Aeneid and Roman Knowledge – sets out some of the ways in which the poem acts as a repository of the contemporary state of culture and science.
Week 8: Stiff Upper Lips? The Emotions in the Aeneid – reflections on love, pride, anger and grief.