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IV. Conception and Delineation of Character in the Aeneid

Weakness of dramatic imagination in Virgil

Conception and delineation of Aeneas

The minor characters of the poem

Turnus

Mezentius

Dido

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CORRIGENDA.

Page 17, line 11 from top, for divum read Divi.

44, line 13 from top, for taidés read taides.
61, line 9 from top, for in which read with which.

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83, line 2 from bottom, for creators read exponents.
130, note, for reading read hearing.
152, line 15 from top, for Etruscan read Tuscan.
189, last line, for 27 B.C. read 26 B.C.
198, line 2 from the end, for its shock read the shock of that force, and

omit its' twice in the following line.
314, line 22 from top, for Literaque read Litoraque.
393, line 4 from top, for Polydamus read Polydamas.

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Relation of the Augustan Age to other Literary Epochs.

The Augustan Age, regarded as a critical epoch in the history of the world, extends from the date of the battle of Actium, when Octavianus became undisputed master of the world, to his death in the year 14 A.D. But the age known by that name as a great epoch in the history of literature begins some years earlier, and ends with the death of Livy and Ovid in the third year of the following reign. Of the poets belonging to that age whose writings have reached modern times—Virgil, Horace, Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid-all were born, and some had reached manhood, before the final overthrow of the Republic at the battle of Philippi. The earlier poems of Virgil and Horace belong to the period between that date and the establishment of the Empire. The age of the Augustan poets may accordingly be regarded as extending from about the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the death of Ovid 17 A.D.

The whole of this period was one of great literary activity, especially in the department of poetry. Besides

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