Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Inflamed by the Furies: The Role of Emotion in the Imperial Destiny of the Aeneid
by Kelley, Matthew W., M.A., Tufts University, 2014, 168; 1558552
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis investigates the role that furor and other negative emotional states have on Aeneas' mission in the Aeneid. The role of the Fates is to enact change on a large scale, and this is achieved through destruction, which is caused by mortal and immortal agents manipulated by emotion. While Aeneas is trained to control his desires in the first half of the epic, in the second his rage and passions are spurred by supernatural forces.

This study will discuss the major plot points where emotion and rage interact with the main goal of Aeneas and the Fates. Included is a linguistic analysis wherein key prototypical terms - fatum, amor, and furor - are arranged visually on graphs that show their placements line-by-line and locations relative to each other. The contention is that at various points, fatum causes amor which leads to furor, which leads to change, and thus fatum.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hirsch, Steven W.
Commitee: Fyler, John M., Rossi, Andreola
School: Tufts University
Department: Classics
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Classical studies, Classical Studies
Keywords: Aeneid, Emotion, Fate, Furor, Rage, Vergil
Publication Number: 1558552
ISBN: 978-1-303-98663-5
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