A lecture by
Alessandro Barchiesi, Professor of Classics, NYU
In his lecture, Professor Barchiesi will discuss various reactions and appropriations of the Aeneid in Italian culture, with an eye on the recurring problem of Italian national identity.
Alessandro Barchiesi is a scholar of Roman literature and its modern reception. His new book project, The War for Italia, is a study of Virgil's Aeneid and of the impact in collective memory of the Social War - the insurrection/liberation war of Italic communities against Rome in the early 1st century BCE - and of the reception of the Aeneid in Italian culture, between Dante and the 20th century.