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Roman Epics XVII: Virgil’s Aeneid Book 8, or Aeneas Finds Rome

Aeneas finds some allies and some armor in today’s episode.

Discussion Prompts

  1. AP Credit: Cacus + Hercules = Civilization. Discuss.
  2. Why do you think Evander is so happy to ally with Aeneas?
  3. Is The Aeneid propaganda? Why or why not?
  4. Foreshadowing: What do you think is going to happen next? Who will survive the war? Who won’t?
  5. What do you think of the relationship between Venus and Vulcan (Aphrodite and Hephaistos in Greek) as depicted in this book? How do you think it compares with the earlier depictions of them that we have read?

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I have a BA in History and Classical Civilization from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH from Western Michigan University. I've been a geometry teacher, a religion teacher, a writing tutor. I'm a writer, a knitter, a dancer, a singer, an actor. And, yes, for fun I like to reread everything that was assigned while getting my classics degree.

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