We have finished the book a bit ahead of schedule, I decided to combine these last two posts into one on Books XI – XII and Lecture 9. Oh, how delightful this has been! I am sad to see it end.
I LOVE Roman Roads Old Western Culture. Mr. C is the perfect Mentor to our young Telemachuses (Telemachi?) as they seek to recover this literary tradition which has been sadly cast adrift in recent years. In addition, he is mentor to those of us who are seeking this steep climb of self-education alongside our students. Wes, you already know this, but I am grateful beyond words for all the ways you have blessed our family over the past fifteen years. Thank you for that, thank you for the years still to come — at least three more, and then, who knows? maybe Weitz grandchildren?
Camilla….nor will your end be unreknowned . . . X.1152
The episode of Camilla was so gripping. I loved this quote – her story will be told wherever the story of the Aeneid is recounted. When we read the account of her father’s flight and his creative way of getting her across the stream, I have to admit that I laughed. Okay, it was beautiful, powerful, and miraculous. But really, only a father would come up with such a plan. Reminded me of all the times I’ve had to just go inside and not watch what my husband and boys were doing out there . . .
While Fortune seemed
Compliant, and the Fates let power rest
With Latium, your brother and your city
Had my protection. Now I see the soldier
Meeting a destiny beyond his strength:
His doom’s day . . I cannot bear to watch. ~ XII.197-201
Juno seems to be withdrawing just a bit – laying down her furor in the face of fatum. But wait . . .
“This is no time for tears,” the goddess said,
Be quick, go snatch your brother back from death
If there’s a way. Or else, renew the war,
Cast out the pact which they drew up. I’ll be
Sponsor to your audacity. ~ XII. 210-214
Just can’t quite bring herself to completely surrender. She’s determined to cause a bit more trouble and heartache. But finally,
“Let yourself no longer be consumed
Without relief by all that inward burning . . .” ~ XII.1085-1086
She does yield to Jupiter’s soothing words, after a few more demands, which conveniently explain why the Trojan name, culture, and language was subsumed by all things Latin . . . for which I am very grateful, loving Latin as I do. Jupiter tells her:
I grant your wish. I yield, I am won over
Willingly. ~ XII.1130-1131
Fierce under arms, Aeneas
Looked to and fro, and towered, and stayed his hand
Upon the sword-hilt. Moment by moment now
What Turnus said began to bring him round
From indecision. Then to his glance appeared
The accurst swordbelt surmounting Turnus’ shoulder . . .
He sank his blade in fury in Turnus’ chest. ~ XII. 1277-1282, 1295
Was it furor? or was it pietas? I have heard both theories from people I respect. But I must say I prefer the stand the Mr. C. takes. I like my heroes to remain heroes at the end of the day. For the particulars, you will need to watch the lecture for yourself!
Above the town with gifts, and close beside her
The young princess, Lavinia, rode—the cause
Of so much suffering, lovely eyes downcast. ~ XI. 651-654
Once again, Mr. C. pointed out numerous parallels to the Iliad. This one really struck me as I was reading, as it sounded so much like Helen on the walls of Troy. And this, at the funeral procession for Pallas, reminiscent of the war-horses at the death of Patroclos:
The war-horse, Aethon, bare of insignia,
Came behind, with big tears rolling down. ~ XI.119-120
(Iapyx) fired their hearts against the enemy.
“No mortal agency brought this about,
No art, however skilled, not my own hand
Preserves you, but a greater power, Aeneas.
A god is here at work. He sends you back
To greater actions.” ~ XII.582-587
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