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The Aeneid Book II How They Took the City. By Virgil 70-19 B.C. Virgil. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Virgil Reading Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia. Painting by Federico Barocci. The Journey of Aeneas. National Epic. Defines a nation and its people

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the aeneid book ii how they took the city

The AeneidBook IIHow They Took the City

By

Virgil

70-19 B.C.

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

virgil
Virgil

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

jean auguste dominique ingres virgil reading aeneid to augustus octavia and livia
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.Virgil Reading Aeneid to Augustus, Octavia, and Livia.

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

painting by federico barocci
Painting by Federico Barocci

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

the journey of aeneas
The Journey of Aeneas

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

national epic
National Epic
  • Defines a nation and its people
  • The Aeneid is the national epic of Rome

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

what is a roman
What is a Roman?
  • Patriotic
  • Compassionate
  • Honorable
  • Honest
  • Inclusive

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

virgil s use of rhetoric
Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Purpose
  • To counter the fact that Greeks defeated the Trojans

Geschke/English IV The Aeneid Book II

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Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Use of Trickery by the Greeks
    • Trojan Horse
      • “Knowing their strength broken in warfare, turned back by the fates…” (18-19)
        • Greeks cannot win a fair fight

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Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Influence of the Gods
    • “If the god’s will had not been sinister, If our own minds had not been crazed, He would have made us foul that Argive den With bloody steel, and Troy would stand today-- O citadel of Priam, towering still!” (74-78)
      • It is Troy’s fate to fall, not a failure of the Trojans

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Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Sinon
    • Played on qualities/virtues of the Trojans

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Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Sinon
    • “…Be instructed now In Greek deceptive arts: one barefaced deed Can tell you of them all.” (89-91)

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Virgil’s Use of Rhetoric
  • Use of stereotype
  • Dualistic approach to a national epic
    • Positive stereotype (Trojans)
    • Negative stereotype (Greeks)
    • Defines what a Roman is and at the same time defines what a Greek is

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