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'The Aeneid' Questions for Study and Discussion

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The Aeneid is a famous epic poem by Virgil/Vergil. This heroic epic follow the story of Aeneas, Dido, and others. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What are the conflicts in The Aeneid? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional)?

  • How does Virgil reveal character in The Aeneid?

  • What are some themes? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • What are some symbols in The Aeneid? How do they relate to the plot and characters?

  • Is Aeneas consistent in his actions? Is he a fully developed character? How? Why?

  • Does Aeneas change and/or develop as a human being?

  • How does Aeneas relate to other characters?

  • Do you find the characters likable? Are the characters persons you would want to meet?

  • Does The Aeneid end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of this epic poem? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How does the past figure into The Aeneid?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could it have taken place anywhere else?

  • Would you recommend The Aeneid to a friend?

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