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Death and the optimistic prophecy in Vergil's Aeneid

Author: James J O'Hara
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990] ©1990
Series: Princeton legacy library.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Here James O'Hara shows how the deceptive nature of prophecy in the Aeneid complicates assessment of the poem's attitude toward its hero's achievement and toward the future of Rome under Augustus Caesar. This close study of the language and rhetorical context of the prophecies reveals that they regularly suppress discouraging material: the gods send promising messages to Aeneas and others to spur them on in their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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O'Hara, James J.
Death and the optimistic prophecy in Vergil's Aeneid.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1990]
xi, 207 pages ; 23 cm
(DLC) 10900160
Named Person: Virgil.; Aeneas, (Legendary character); Aeneas, (Legendary character)
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James J O'Hara
ISBN: 9781400860876 1400860873
OCLC Number: 889255048
Description: 1 online resource (220 pages).
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Here James O'Hara shows how the deceptive nature of prophecy in the Aeneid complicates assessment of the poem's attitude toward its hero's achievement and toward the future of Rome under Augustus Caesar. This close study of the language and rhetorical context of the prophecies reveals that they regularly suppress discouraging material: the gods send promising messages to Aeneas and others to spur them on in their struggles, but these struggles often lead to untimely deaths or other disasters only darkly hinted at by the prophecies. O'Hara finds in these prophecies a persistent subtext that bo.

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