At its core, the
Aeneid is a tale of travel
and adventure, and the land- and seascape become just as important
as the peoples whom the exiled Trojans encounter. Many
cartographical and geographical
topoi emerge from reading
this great epic within the context of Graeco-Roman scientific
geography. The Aeneid, in
fact, reflects the best cartographic advances of the day and is
presented in the same way as other “maps” from ancient Greece and
Rome – not in the modern pictural sense but, rather, verbally.
Vergil, furthermore, seamlessly incorporates many of the key aspects
of ancient geography (topography, climatology, ethnography) to
enhance overarching themes of his masterpiece.
Monday, March 4, 2013
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