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Aeneas—The Straight Arrow

Lecture no. 3 from the course: Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

Aeneas—The Straight Arrow

Taught by Professor Thomas A. Shippey | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Turn now to the Roman straight arrow. Aeneas’s story takes him from the Trojan War to the courtship of Queen Dido and on to the founding of Rome. In writing this epic, Virgil helped shape the Roman Empire’s sense of self. It also shows how old legends provide the inspiration for new tales.

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