Monthly Archives: September 2011

What if Virgil did not die in 19 B.C.?

I’ve been reading the Aeneid again and I have been wondering how our interpretations of Virgil are shaped by the belief that he died in 19 B.C.. This belief comes down to us in the biographical tradition of Virgil, but the fact is that the tradition is incredibly late (4th century AD). The unsettled nature of the book also lends itself to the belief that Virgil died before having finished the book.

If this information is incorrect, how would you read the Aeneid differently if at all?

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