“Conversations in the Curia”. Third date with Mario Lentano’s “Enea. L’ultimo dei Troiani, il primo dei Romani”
Curia Julia in the Roman Forum
8 April 2021
Presentation of the book “Enea. L’ultimo dei Troiani, il primo dei Romani”
The event will be broadcast online from the Curia Julia in the Roman Forum on the PArCo Facebook page
On Thursday, 8 April, the third date of the “Conversations in the Curia” cycle will be all about Mario Lentano’s “Enea. L’ultimo dei Troiani, il primo dei Romani” (“Aeneas. The last of the Trojans, the first of the Romans”), published by Salerno Editrice.
Mario Lentano, professor of Latin literature at the University of Siena, speaks for the first time about this central figure to our cultural panorama, so relevant to the context of the Roman Forum, from a biographical perspective, recounting his life story like that of a historical figure, starting with his conception and birth, then his childhood and younger years, his adulthood and above all his death and apotheosis, if thus it can be called.
The legend of Aeneas, protagonist of the Aeneid, is one of the tales that has best helped define European culture over the last two thousand years, decisively influencing the collective imagination and giving rise to countless rewritings, revisitations, iconographic and dramatic interpretations.
Literary sources, historiographic texts and images on ancient marble or terra cotta objects are all taken into account in an attempt to reconstruct the trajectory of the hero whom the Romans considered their forefather, the remote ancestor of the twins Romulus and Remus. It is precisely this association that has made Aeneas one of the fathers of western culture.
Our speakers for this presentation will be Maurizio Bettini and Stefano Ferrucci, both from the University of Siena.
The event will be broadcast online from the Curia Julia in the Roman Forum on the PArCo Facebook page.