Dr Fiachra Mac Gorain visits St Paul’s

November 6, 2015

Dr Fiachra Mac Gorain talked to Classics Society about the roles of time and memory in Book Six of Virgil’s Aeneid. He explained the way in which the book – the ‘keystone’ of the Aeneid – bridged the gap between the literary, Homeric past and the historical future of Rome, with both retrospective and proscriptive elements, and talked about the way that the tripartite structure of the storyline mirrored the three separate levels of memory described; personal human experience, civil historical experience, and the literary past. Paulinas came away with a clearer sense of the influence of the Aeneid on different ages and movements and on future cultural works, inspiring artists and authors such as Kauffman, Dante and Milton.

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