Virgil The Art of Imitating Homer

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“Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah.”1 “Homer, Virgil. Virgil, Homer.” The Aeneid, the greatest Latin epic of the battles and wanderings of the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and his founding of the ruling line for the Roman Empire was written by the great Latin poet Virgil. Or so it seems. When one is reading the Aeneid and has also read both Homeric epics, one can almost instantly see many parallels between Homer and Virgil. Not only are there …

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…and thus one would not suspect that there would be any parallels to a Greek epic of fiction, but indeed in the Aeneid, there are many parallels or echoes to Homer. BIBLIOGRAPHY Bloom, Harold. Homer’s Iliad. Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. . Homer’s Odyssey. Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. . Virgil’s Aeneid. Pennsylvania: Chelsea House Publishers, 1996. Gransden, K.W. Virgil, The Aeneid. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Virgil. The Aeneid. trans. Robert Fitzgerald. New York: Vintage Classics, 1990.