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The reader of the Aeneid (written during the period of 29-19 BC) must understand the work to be an eulogy for the death of the Roman republic. Vergil attempts to give a "legitimacy" to the leadership of Caesar Augustus; yet, while Vergil applies his work to the present, he skillfully frames Augustus' legitimacy in legends of the past. Augustus is to be the mirror image of Aeneas. And like Aeneas who had a divine mission to come to Italy, Caesar Augustus now had a divine mission to take the "blessings" of Roman civilization throughout the known world. Also, the reader will see a bit of Moses in Aeneas, a leader who is taking his people to the promised land. Both men had to endure dangers, temptations, internal strife, and warfare. As you read the Aeneid, you may wish to note those similarities between Moses and Aeneas, and thus understand why Vergil will appeal to Christian poets in later centuries.
You can use any version of Aeneid for this study guide.
In his guides Mr. Watson makes assertions as fact that may be considered highly controversial. We have included the most notable example from this one below.
A few theories have been suggested for the interest shown by the western world in spectator sports. After all, watching a boxing match, a football game, or a tennis match has no redeeming value whatsoever. page 12
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