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Finding Italy : travel, nation and colonization in Vergil's Aeneid

Author: K F B Fletcher
Publisher: Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Finding Italy explores the journey of the Romans' ancestor Aeneas and his fellow Trojans from their old home, Troy, to their new country, Italy, narrated in Vergil's epic poem Aeneid. K.F.B. Fletcher argues that a main narrative theme is patriotism, specifically the problem of how one comes to love one's new country. The various directions Aeneas receives throughout the first half of the poem are meant to create  Read more...
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Named Person: Virgil.
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: K F B Fletcher
ISBN: 9780472072286 0472072285 9780472052288 0472052284 0472120441 9780472120444
OCLC Number: 892620152
Description: viii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : why directions matter --
Book 1 : tantae molis erat Romanam condere gentem : introduction of themes --
Book 2 : heu fuge, nate dea : the end and beginning --
Book 3 : antiquam exquirite matrem : setting the colonization narrative in motion --
Book 4 : hic amor, haec patria est : the place of love --
Book 5 : lectos iuuenes, defer in Italiam : transformation of the mission --
Book 6 : aeternumque tenet per saecula nomen : names on the land --
The poem's second half : occidit, occideritque sinas cum nomine Troia : journey's end.
Responsibility: K.F.B. Fletcher.

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Explores the journey of the Romans' ancestor Aeneas and his fellow Trojans from their old home, Troy, to their new country, Italy, narrated in Vergil's epic poem Aeneid. K.F.B. Fletcher argues that a  Read more...

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