Classics 210: Greek & Roman Classics in English 11/19
Iliad: rage, sing the rage of Achilles… Virgil begins with anger too. Anger of Juno (Roman
goddess, some liken her to Hera)
Personal realm of anger in the Iliad (of Achilles) towards something that has a grander scale.
Why is she angry? She favors the city of Carthage (attacks the Romans during Punic War)
They are long, devastating, difficult, wars. Romans defeat and destroy it. Juno knows this will
happen. She wants it not to happen. She is a force of delay and resistance in the play.
Wrath of Juno is a cosmic disorder, manifested in the storm.
Aeneas (Trojan warrior) begins to wish he had died in Troy.
Details escape and then journey from ransacked Troy.
Story of the Trojan horse - best Greek warriors hiding in the horse. Other Greeks waiting outside
city to attack.
Death of King Priam’s young son and then Priam himself (King of Troy)
Priam is slaughtered on an alter symbolizing physically (and mentally) the fall of Troy
Aeneas finally persuades his father and the rest of his family to retreat – but wife is lost in the
He goes back to look for her, but a spirit tells him a new wife and new children are waiting for him.
Book 3: *** I know we weren’t supposed to include 3 but I really enjoyed the qu