Learned and inspiring lectures on this foundational epic of Western civilization. Professor Vandiver is a top classicist and gifted teacher making these 12 lectures the best available. She takes us through the noted differences and similarities with Greek epics and into the historical context of these stories to share the profound depths of this great work. It is more than a mere Roman foundation myth, it is a tale of deep significance for all that followed in the wake of that great empire. You will also want to obtain Professor Vandiver's other expositions, The Iliad of Homer (The Great Courses, course no. 301) and Odyssey of Homer Course - The Teaching Company (The Great Courses Lectures). Also look for her other courses in mythology and Herodotus. You will not be disappointed in any of Professor Vandiver's courses.
This is one of The Great Courses presented by The Teaching Company. In twelve 30 minute lectures on six audio CD's, Professor Elizabeth Vandiver, University of Maryland, delivers an energetic account of the composition and content of this important foundational work of the Western epic tradition. She will inspire those who have not read the Aeneid to take it up, and she will offer a lively refreshment for those who have. A sixty page booklet with lecture outlines, glossary and bibliography is included.
Professor Vandiver spends more time talking about Homer than Vergil. This might have been justified in the nineteenth century, but not today. Would she treat James Joyce's Ulysses the same way, as a derivative work with no independent merit?