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).
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.