Monday, April 18, 2016
Aeneid Doodle: Creative Platypus
The difference between Virgil and Homer is the difference between written poetry and oral poetry: Virgil is finer, but Homer is truer. I've preferred Homer since my student days, but I have had to teach Virgil on occasion and each time I give it my level best. When all else fails, I can fall back on the sheer beauty of Virgil's imagery. Here we have a scene from Book VII where Aeneas meets his father's ghost on the fields of Elysium. The asphodel shines in the twilight of the Dead Realm as Anchises shows his son the spirits of famous Julio-Claudians yet to be.