Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Arms and the Man

This is kind of a random post, but did anyone else notice that chapter ten is titled "Arms and the Man" like the comedy that is supposed to be performed at stm later this month.... I was just wondering what the significance was.

1 comment:

Ravin S said...

Well the first few lines basically sum up the entire epic;

I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate,
first came from the coast of Troy to Italy, and to
Lavinian shores – hurled about endlessly by land and sea,
by the will of the gods, by cruel Juno’s remorseless anger,
long suffering also in war, until he founded a city
and brought his gods to Latium: from that the Latin people
came, the lords of Alba Longa, the walls of noble Rome.
Muse, tell me the cause: how was she offended in her divinity,
how was she grieved, the Queen of Heaven, to drive a man,
noted for virtue, to endure such dangers, to face so many
trials? Can there be such anger in the minds of the gods?

I think that the line "I sing of arms and the man" is only significant in that it is the opening lines of a very famous epic. I am not sure if it has any deep meaning except that Virgil is going to tell us the story of a great man and his journey. I will definitely have to watch the comedy at school later this month. Do you know when it is?