Episode 3 Virgil's Palimpsest: The Aeneid

The Global Novel: a literature podcast

Jun 11 2021 • 48 mins


The Aeneid is a palimpsest. A palimpsest is a manuscript or piece of writing material (in ancient times, usually, a parchment) on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. Why did Virgil adopt such a narrative technique of rewriting the story of Homer's Troy and Odysseus? How does the Aeneid inherit Homer's narratology and anticipate Dante's Inferno? How do we understand and apply modern perspectives of feminism, post-colonialism, and the latin connotation of "cupīdō," meaning desire, greediness, appetite, love, as well as desire of material gain in the context of The Aeneid? This episode is guest-lectured by TED ED's educational program on "why should you read Virgil's Aneid?"(Mark Robinson) and BBC's program IN OUR TIMES:"The Aeneid."

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The Aeneid

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