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Oprah Uma Uma Oprah1 Homer Virgil Virgil Homer The Aeneid the greatest Latin epic of the battles and wanderings of the Trojan hero Aeneas and his founding of the ruling line for the Roman Empire was written by the great Latin poet Virgil Or so it seems When one is reading the Aeneid and has also read both Homeric epics one can almost instantly see many parallels between Homer and Virgil Not only are there parallels in the actual style of writing but the most prominent parallels come in the aspects of structure events and characterization The Aeneid is in actuality a structural and thematic reworking of both epics of Homer2 The Aeneid is clearly modeled in the beginning after the Odyssey while in the end it is modeled after the Iliad The happenings and actions of Aeneas are very similar to both those of Odysseus and later of Achilles Many of the characters themselves are also modeled after Homers characters There are also many little details here and there which show that Virgil certainly modeled his epic after Homer not to plagiarize but for the style and the use of a model for human insight and feeling When reading the Aeneid one can clearly see and hear the Homeric echoes present in the epic The Aeneid is clearly divided into two parts The Odyssean Aeneid3 and The Iliadic Aeneid4 The first six books are based on the Odyssey while the last six books are based on the Iliad To clearly see that Virgil was indeed basing his working on Homer let us examine the Homeric echoes that are present in the first half or the Odyssean Aeneid The first parallel that presents itself is the immediate situation of Aeneas and his ships Just as Odysseus and his crew were lost after the end of the Trojan War so too are Aeneas and his crew Just like Odysseus was battered by a storm
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