Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

C. Tindale

Second Advisor

T. Najem

Keywords

Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Aeneid, Epicureanism, Ethics, Roman, Stoicism, Virgil

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This thesis aims to determine which philosophical school, either Epicurean or Stoic, Virgil's Aeneid more accurately reflects. Explored are the characters of Anchises, Dido and Aeneas; the portrayal of piety, justice, emotions and anger and; the philosophical issues of freedom of will, Fate and the composition of the cosmos. In conclusion, the presence of freedom of will afforded to human characters within this work and the distinction made by Virgil between Jupiter and Fate, lead to the conclusion that it is unlikely that this is a Stoic work. Also, this thesis argues that Virgil's presentation of piety, justice, emotion and anger are consistent with an Epicurean conception of these characteristics. Therefore, if the Aeneid can be attributed influence from either philosophical school of thought, it lends itself much more readily to an Epicurean reading.

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