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Venus as a synthesis of Homeric elements in The Aeneid: hellenism and Augustus era

Grant number: 20/01550-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2020
Effective date (End): August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Literatures
Principal researcher:Adriane da Silva Duarte
Grantee:Juliana Garcia Villela
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The project aims to comprehend common elements between the Homeric works and the Latin epic poem written by Vergil, Aeneid, dated in I BC. For Ken W. Gransden, literary critic at the University of Cambridge, this poem generated a tradition of comments and analysis greater and longer than any poem from the European canon - studied since its time and acclaimed by its contemporaries and successors. The focus is to understand how characteristics of the character Venus, mother of the hero and protagonist, Aeneas, synthesize this analysis and study the complexity of the construction of the goddess. This, based on traditional elements of its characterization, contrasted with the aspects of Tethys and Athena, in the Iliad and Odyssey, respectively. Furthermore, the aim is to cover political aspects presented throughout the composition and to highlight the way in which the poet articulated the history of the formation of Rome to the great achievements of the Trojans. Attributing great value to the Empire and legitimizing the power of the gens iulia, family of the emperor Augustus, who claimed his descent from Venus and Aeneas, by his son Iulo. (AU)

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