Title

Depictions of Aeneas in the Underworld during the Renaissance and Reformation

Presenter Information

Adam Smith

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History

Research Advisor

Bruening, Michael W. (Michael Wilson)

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

This study examines depictions of Aeneas, the legendary character from Virgil’s Aeneid, in the Underworld during the Renaissance and Reformation. The analysis of these depictions focuses on the motivations of the authors for producing their works. Works of the authors are grouped into three main categories: fiction, translations of book VI of the Aeneid and artwork. Several motivational factors existed for these authors, but the mainly consisted of religion and politics. A brief summary of the surrounding circumstances in which the authors wrote is provided and shows how the authors factored them into their work.

Biography

Adam Smith is a junior History major and Economics minor from Buffalo, Minnesota. In addition to his research, he is involved with several campus organizations such as History Club, Lutheran Student Fellowship and the Show-Me Solar House Team. He has recently been invited to join the Missouri S&T section of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor fraternity.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Arts and humanities oral presentation, Second place

Location

Carver Room

Presentation Date

08 Apr 2009, 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Depictions of Aeneas in the Underworld during the Renaissance and Reformation

Carver Room

This study examines depictions of Aeneas, the legendary character from Virgil’s Aeneid, in the Underworld during the Renaissance and Reformation. The analysis of these depictions focuses on the motivations of the authors for producing their works. Works of the authors are grouped into three main categories: fiction, translations of book VI of the Aeneid and artwork. Several motivational factors existed for these authors, but the mainly consisted of religion and politics. A brief summary of the surrounding circumstances in which the authors wrote is provided and shows how the authors factored them into their work.