Structure of Aeneid


1     2    3    4     5     6      7      8      9      10      11      12
 
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1-6: Odyssey, virum, wandering (high school has often read 1, 2, 4, 6, now adds some 10, 12)

7-12: Iliad, war; arma, 2nd proem near start of 7: maius opus (F: "greater history")
        also: 7-12 like Odyssey, coming "home" and finding trouble with "suitor"

2-3 = Aeneas' narrative, as in Od. 9-12

Trip to underworld near center of poem, as (almost) in Od. 11

also
1-4, Troy & Dido, 5-8 Sicily/Italy/Rome, 9-12 war in Italy vs. Turnus; cf. Turnus and Dido

1 land at Carthage, 2 City of Troy,

1 land at Carthage 7, land in Italy

7 land near future Rome, 8 Tour future site of Rome

2 dying city, 8 city of the future

2-6 end with deaths of those close to Aeneas (or Augustus):
            2 Creusa, 3 Anchises, 4 Dido, 5 Palinurus, 6 Marcellus,

10-12 end with deaths of opponents of Aeneas:
            10 Mezentius, 11 Camilla, 12 Turnus

1 and 12: 1 Venus talks to Jupiter, who prophesies, 12 Juno talks to Jupiter; they compromise
 
 

Parade of Heroes in Book 6:
1020ff (F): Kings of Alba Longa (first = son in old age (?) )
1040ff: Romulus: illustrious Rome: fortunate in men she breeds
1060ff: Augustus Caesar, who shall bring once again an Age of Gold
1084: do we lag at carrying our virtus into action?
1086ff:Kings of Rome
1100ff; Brutus (threw out last king)
     (killed plotting sons:  1103ff (F)
     personal vs. public as in Aeneid 4)
1112ff: that pair: Julius Caesar and Pompey
1127ff: Republican heroes, conquer Greece etc.
    (some from Ennius; Fabius the Delayer; words      borrowed)
1145-54: Roman arts:
        to pacify, to impose the rule of law,

         to spare the conquered, battle down the proud
1156ff: Marcellus (older)
1171ff: Marcellus (younger)
    d. 23 BCE, age 19, after brief illness, nephew and heir of Augustus
1211ff: Gates of Sleep (cf. Od.19):
            True and False Dreams