Thursday 9 June: From Beyond the Grave: Seamus Heaney’s Translation of Aeneid Book VI

Myth Reading Group

Thursday 9 June

12.00-1.30pm in Room 3.318

This week Professor Roderick Main introduces a discussion of Aeneas’s descent to the underworld in Seamus Heaney’s translation of Aeneid Book VI (2016).

Peter_Paul_Rubens_-_Aeneas_in_the_Underworld

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), “Aeneas in the Underworld”, National Museum Wales, Wikimedia Commons

In this session we shall look at several episodes from Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid, in which the eponymous hero descends to the underworld in order to meet his deceased father. We shall use the posthumously published translation of Seamus Heaney, looking in particular at lines 1-52 [1-33 in the Latin original], 171-203 [124-155], 604-641 [440-476], 945-1015 [703-751], and 1160-1222 [854-901].

The full text of Aeneid Book VI is available in a variety of translations and in the original Latin at Perseus Digital Library. The supplementary reading provides a summary of the Aeneid and a synopsis and discussion of Book VI, if anyone would like to put the selections in context.

 ALL WELCOME

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One Response to Thursday 9 June: From Beyond the Grave: Seamus Heaney’s Translation of Aeneid Book VI

  1. Pingback: Thursday 16 June: The Myth of Er: the story that ‘will save us if we are obedient to the word spoken’ | Essex Myth

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