Instructions for Dancing

Friday May 30, 2008

what if i say i’m not like the others

Filed under: Uncategorized — by hettyweston @ 9:27 pm

430: tantum infelicem nimium dilexit animum.

It’s much easier to make a great case for why Nisus and Euryalus suck and how they brought their own death on themselves, but I wouldn’t really want to. It’s nice to have a description of honest love in Aeneid book nine, which I believe last year’s exam paper suggested was ‘an unbroken catalogue of idiocy’. They were never going to be ‘heroes’, but for two characters whose point of self-definition was their love for each other, dying for each other is surely the only end we could accept, Virgilian agenda aside. (Though I’m not sure that ‘yes, but that’s not really the point’ is good enough.)

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