By James Garrison
For centuries the main respected poem within the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman advantage of pietas. within the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden makes an attempt to provide an explanation for all that this advantage comprises: "Piety alone," he writes, "comprehends the total accountability of guy in the direction of the Gods, in the direction of his nation, and in the direction of his Relations." Dryden's definition belongs to a discussion approximately that means that displays a background of competition over non secular, political, and ethical problems with enduring cultural importance. since it is the positioning of antagonism among pagan and Christian, republican and imperialist, emperor and pope, Protestant and Catholic, pietas and its derivatives within the sleek languages deliver to literary works a number of contexts of ideological dispute. This publication strains the background of the Vergilian excellent from classical Latin to neoclassical English literature. within the technique of, it relatively engages interpretation of quite a number literary works diversely attentive to the Aeneid: from the histories and ancient epics of the Silver Age, to the medieval mirrors for magistrates, to Renaissance variations of Aeneid four and 12, and eventually to Dryden's whole translation.
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Pietas from Vergil to Dryden by James Garrison