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Roman Epics XXI: Virgil’s Aeneid Book 12, or I Wonder If That’s How Virgil Wanted It To End

Wait. That’s the end?!?

And as long promised, here is my favorite episode of Wishbone:

What’s the story, Wishbone? Why, Virgil’s Aeneid, of course!

Discussion Prompts

  1. Having watched the above, will you ever be able to read The Aeneid the same way again?
  2. What do you think of Aeneas’s actions at the end of Book 12?
  3. Juturna and Turnus. Discuss.
  4. Is this epic optimistic or pessimistic about the Roman Empire? Why?
  5. What does this epic have to say about fate? Free will? Faith?
  6. What do you think about the Aeneid? Love it? Hate it? It’s fine?

Published by Triumvir Clio

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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