Sunday, June 11, 2017

TFBT: Random Notes on Aeneid 6&7

 I  don’t recall a nurse maid getting heroic honors in Greek myth
Virgil summons Erato so he can "tell of the kings of Ancient Latium of its history...." Calliope is the Muse of epic poetry; Clio the Muse history; and  Erato of lyric and amorous poetry. What?    See "VIRGIL’S ERATO AND THE FATE OF AENEAS" by Michael B. Sullivan


"Eating our own tables" story is cute.


Thereat he bound
his forehead with green garland, calling loud
upon the Genius of that place, and Earth,
eldest of names divine; the Nymphs he called,
and river-gods unknown; his voice invoked
Night, the stars of night then rising,
Jove of Mt. Ida and Phrygia's Mother
he called his mother in the Olympian skies,
and sire in Erebus. 


"May the gods give their blessing to what we begin today and to their own prophecies!"


Around 7.297 Juno complains that the Trojans didn't die in the plains surrounding  Sigeion .  Of course at that point in the mythic timeline the city of Sigeion hadn't been founded. Not for another 500 years


Juno asks if the Trojans think "I have gutted my appetite for hatred?"  Great reminder of Hera's lust for the destruction of Troy in Iliad IV, exchanging for its destruction "My own three favorite cities...ArgosSparta, and Mycenae. Sack them whenever you may be displeased with them. I shall not defend them and I shall not care"


Virgil/Juno dishonor the Furies in comparison to Athena/Apollo/Aeschylus treatment of the goddesses 


“Now goddesses, it is time to open up Mount Helicon, to set your songs in motion and tell…You are the divine Muses you remember, goddesses, and can uttter what you remem rber. Our ears can barely catch the faintest whisper of the story. “ (7.647)  Reminds me a lot of Hesiod


“the twin brothers Catillus and fierce Coras…like two cloud-born Centaurs plunging down in wild career from the snow clad tops of Mount Homole or Mount Othrys, crashing throug the trees as a the great forest opens to let them pass.”  I love the image of two horseman charging through the lines of the opposing soldiers.    


Best telling of the Hippolytus/Viribus story


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