Virgil’s “Aeneid” & the Value of Suffering

By |2021-04-12T17:48:33-05:00April 13th, 2021|Categories: Aeneid, Great Books, John Horvat, Virgil|

While painful, suffering can have good consequences and enrich our personal lives. Overcoming adversity can produce in us sentiments of satisfaction and fulfillment. When we confront tragedy with courage and honor, we experience a growth in character that stays with us for life. In Virgil’s Roman epic poem, The Aeneid, there is a famous scene [...]

Pietas and Fallen Cities: America and Vergil’s “Aeneid”

By |2020-09-28T00:48:46-05:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: Aeneid, American Republic, Civilization, Culture, Great Books, Religion, Virgil, Virtue|

Authentic righteousness for a nation of natives, settlers, immigrants, and refugees requires the same whether for America or Vergil’s Rome: pietas. This is devotion to family, community, country, and deity. One so devoted does not fear the sublimation of the self in the fulfillment of these duties, for it is in the pursuit of these [...]

The War of the Gods and Demons

By |2020-02-22T21:48:55-06:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Aeneas, Aeneid, Culture, Fiction, Literature, Louis Markos, Religion, Senior Contributors|

Playwright David Lane has graced the Christian community with a formal, blank-verse play that takes up the war of gods and demons. “Dido: The Tragedy of a Woman” retells the tragic tale of the “Aeneid,” but with some dramatic plot twists that allow it to function both as a timeless meditation on the universal issues of [...]

The Shield of Aeneas: Memory and History in Virgil’s “Aeneid”

By |2020-10-14T12:28:30-05:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Aeneas, Aeneid, Civilization, Conservatism, Great Books, History, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors, Virgil, Western Civilization|

The “Aeneid” was only possible because the Roman people had the memory and consciousness to make it possible. It is up to us to ensure that its living well of memory doesn’t dry up. Without it, the “Aeneid” will pass into the dustbin of history like the corpses of Priam and Pompey. The grandest image [...]

Love, Ancient and Modern

By |2018-12-08T21:36:00-06:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Aeneid, Dante, Family, Love, Marriage, Odyssey|

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.” The opening words to Homer’s Odyssey are among the most famous and recognizable in Western literature. That beginning stanza captures so much of the human condition and [...]

Did It Have To Be Dido?

By |2020-03-09T17:23:17-05:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Aeneid, Christine Norvell, Freedom, Great Books, History, Virgil|

In Virgil’s Aeneid, the strongest and most admirable characters like Aeneas and Turnus are seen as ideals of patriotism and courage. At times though, their stories are momentarily superseded by interactions with a minor character. These subplots often serve to deepen our understanding of the main characters, but in turn bring a new character into the spotlight. [...]

Augustine: A Saint for Eternity

By |2019-05-14T13:56:25-05:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: Aeneid, Catholicism, Civilization, Modernity, Paul Krause, Plutarch, Sainthood, St. Augustine, Thucydides, War|

Augustine passed on to us, and all posterity, prescient words of wisdom: that even in the most disconcerting and dark of times, beauty, compassion, truth, love, and happiness abound… When the Visigoths sacked Rome in 410, the city that had taken the world captive had fallen into captivity. The event was a transformative moment in [...]

Enchantment, Realism, and the Imagination

By |2019-08-22T13:49:54-05:00August 5th, 2017|Categories: Aeneid, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Imagination, Odyssey, William Shakespeare, Wyoming Catholic College|

Longing for the enchanted world underlies the poetic imagination, but it’s the light of common day that we inhabit, thus we should value realism in the imaginative realm… One of the themes of frequent discussion at Wyoming Catholic College is Charles Taylor’s idea of disenchantment—the disappearance in modern times of an “enchanted” relation to the [...]

Pizza Romana: The Mediterranean Diet and the Founding of Rome

By |2018-10-09T13:09:35-05:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Aeneas, Aeneid, Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Featured, Rome, Virgil|

There is a classic passage in Vergil’s Aeneid in which Anchises commends to future Romans what is, in effect, the “mission statement” for the Roman Empire. In these lines, the father of Aeneas is telling us what his son Aeneas, the Trojan who has journeyed from the fallen city of Troy, will set in motion [...]

Reading “The Aeneid” as a Christian

By |2021-02-11T16:11:34-06:00March 21st, 2016|Categories: Aeneid, Christianity|

Some Christians wonder if there is value in reading pagan classics like “The Aeneid.” I argue that we do well to interact with the stories that have shaped our world and to see how they glimpse, and miss, the truths of divine revelation. I recently re-read The Aeneid with some of my older sons as [...]

C.S. Lewis’s Aeneid, Labor Amoris

By |2016-02-12T15:28:42-06:00November 24th, 2011|Categories: Aeneid, Anthony Esolen, Books, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Classics, Featured, Virgil|Tags: |

 C. S. Lewis’s Lost Aeneid: Arms and the Exile Every poetic translator worth our attention is, as it were, a secondary artist, one who attempts to employ his own art in order to illuminate something in the original, something he has grown to love deeply. He then is no traitor, as the overused Italian saying [...]

From Aeneas to Batman: Myth and History

By |2016-02-12T15:28:42-06:00November 1st, 2011|Categories: Aeneid, Bradley J. Birzer, C.S. Lewis, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Christopher Dawson, Classics, Conservatism, Featured, Film, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Myth, Virgil|Tags: , |

With stealth and no small amount of cowardice, the Greeks creep out of their strange gift, a large wooden horse, under the cover of night and safely within the locked city walls. Rather than face Aeneas and the Trojans as men in battle, the Greeks unlock the gates, letting their murderous comrades in, and proceed [...]

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