Book VIII is one of the most attractive and important books of Virgil's Aeneid. It includes the visit of Aaneas to the site of the future Rome, the story of Hercules and Cacus, the episode between Venus and Vulcan and the description of the great symbolic shield of Aeneas. Mr Gransden's introduction relates this book to the Aeneid as a whole considers the text in various aspects: the topography, Virgil's sense of history, his typology and symbolism, his literary style and his influence on subsequent vernacular poetry. The commentary discusses points of special interest and difficulty in interpretation, style and prosody and gives detailed explanation of the many allusions in Book VIII to customs, legends, traditions and historical events. This is primarily a textbook for university students and sixth-formers, but it also contains material which may be of interest to students of English and comparative literature.
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the events of book VII
iv Myth as allegory
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Actium Aencas Aeneas Aeneid alliteration Apollo appears arrival associated atque Augustan Augustus beginning book VIII Cacus called carried cave characteristic closely coming Comm common contrast correspondence death deity depicted described dominates echo effect emphasises Ennius epic Evander Evander's example famous figure fire foot formal formula further gods Greek haec Hercules hero heroic hexameter Homeric Iliadic important Introd Italy Jupiter king Latinus Latium lines linked literary Livy Lucretius meaning metrical myth narrative occurs offers origin Palatine Pallas parallel passage pastoral pattern perhaps phrase Plautus poem poet Porta Carmentalis present prophecy reference repeated rite river Roman Rome Rome's Romulus says scene seems sense Seru Servius shield speech story structure style taken takes temple theme tradition Trojan Troy Turnus Venus victory Virgil Vulcan