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Phiroze Vasunia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.001.0001

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Homer and Virgil

Homer and Virgil

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(p.238) (p.239) 6 Homer and Virgil
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The Classics and Colonial India
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Phiroze Vasunia

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203239.003.0007

Homer is frequently translated in colonial India, but Virgil scarcely. Yet, Virgil is translated, adapted, and analysed in Britain. Why do Indian authors and intellectuals turn to Homer so regularly, and why do the British race to Virgil, especially in the second half of the nineteenth century? The ‘Indian’ Homer and the ‘British’ Virgil are complementary approaches to the epic tradition and offer different perspectives on empire. Among the figures treated in the chapter are William Jones, Edmund Burke, Warren Hastings, Edward Gibbon, Tennyson, Monier Monier-Williams, Albrecht Weber, K. T. Telang

Keywords:   homer, virgil, william jones, edmund burke, warren hastings, edward gibbon, tennyson, monier monier-williams, albrecht weber, k. t. telang

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