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Vergil's Aeneid and Greek Tragedy
Ritual, Empire, and Intertext

  • Date Published: May 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511756795

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  • This book is a systematic study of the importance of Greek tragedy as a fundamental 'intertext' for Vergil's Aeneid. Vassiliki Panoussi argues that the epic's representation of ritual acts, especially sacrifice, mourning, marriage, and maenadic rites, mobilizes a connection to tragedy. The tragic-ritual model offers a fresh look into the political and cultural function of the Aeneid, expanding our awareness of the poem's scope, particularly in relation to gender, and presenting new readings of celebrated episodes, such as Anchises' games, Amata's maenadic rites, Dido's suicide, and the killing of Turnus. She interprets the Aeneid as a work that reflects the dynamic nature of Augustan ideology, contributing to the redefinition of civic discourse and national identity. In her rich study, readers will find a unique exploration of the complex relationship between Greek tragedy and Vergil's Aeneid and a stimulating discussion of problems of gender, power, and ideology in ancient Rome.

    • Vergil's Aeneid
    • Greek tragedy
    • Literary criticism/intertextuality
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… merits much praise because it will serve as a starting point for many more discussions of the role of tragedy in the Aeneid and undoubtedly has initiated a new phase of the debate.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'This book, thought-provoking and pleasurable to read, will likely open up dialogue on Vergil and tragedy for a new generation.' Timothy Wutrich, Case Western Reserve University

    '… the argument that Greek tragedy is a key to understanding the Aeneid's portrayals of rites and ritual action is impressively examined …' De novis libris iudicia

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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511756795
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ritual:
    1. Ritual violence and the failure of sacrifice
    2. Suicide, devotion, and ritual closure
    3. The fragility of reconciliation: ritual restoration and the devine
    4. Maenad brides and the destruction of the city
    5. Mourning glory: ritual lament and Roman civic identity
    Part II. Empire:
    6. Heroic identity: Vergil's Ajax
    7. Contesting idealologies: ritual and empire.

  • Author

    Vassiliki Panoussi, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    Vassiliki Panoussi is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the College of William and Mary.

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