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Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome$
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Paul Hammond

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184119.001.0001

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The Epic of Exile

The Epic of Exile

(p.218) 4 The Epic of Exile
Dryden and the Traces of Classical Rome

Paul Hammond

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that in the Aeneis, Dryden responds most strongly to the vein of tragedy which runs through Virgil's epic, as he faces up to the destruction of the homeland and meditates the possibility of finding or fashioning a new country. It suggests that in composing his Aeneis Dryden responded with particular passion to several kinds of tragic loss and alienation, memorializing them in a monument which would be aere perennius.

Keywords:   Dryden, Virgil, Aeneis, translation, tragedy, Roman epic

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