For this reading journal, is to compare The Aeneid with the other ancient epics we have read so far. To do this, you should review the description of the ancient epic from the introduction of Epic of Gilgamesh located on pages 20-22, the historical contexts for Homer located on pages 122-123. These provide background information about the epic genre and the form of the Homeric epics, which Virgil liberally borrows from. Consider the following question: What general features define the ancient epic and what similarities does The Aeneid share with Epic of Gilgamesh and/or The Odyssey.
*** – Star means Please note, important.
Your composition should be two paragraphs (roughly 300-500 words in length).
Be sure to use specific evidence from the text –
***and from the introductory material describing the ancient Epic in particular. This will be helpful for Paper 1 because you will be required to talk about the Epic genre in that paper assignment!***
Quote if possible. (Note that the more specific you are, the more useful this journal will be in future assignments like Paper 1 or one of our exams.)
Be sure to proofread.
Feel free to use the first person (I) in your responses and to speculate – this is a reading journal . You are not expected to have “perfect” answers at this point. Instead, consider this journal an exploration of an issue. Just be sure to edit and remove the first person if you use or adapt any of your Reading Journal material for one of the full-length paper assignments!
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