posted on Jan, 28 2005 @ 08:57 AM
You gotta understand that neither Homer nor Virgil ever mentioned a "Sword of Troy". As a matter of fact, Aeneas was not a major character -- if he
existed at all -- in the Iliad.
The Aeneid, the epic of Aeneas, was a sequel to the Iliad, written by a roman named P. Virgilius Maro, that has nothing to do with the Iliad itself,
and was, indeed, a propaganda piece for Rome (However, in my opinion, it's better written than the Iliad or the Oddyssey).
But there is no "Sword of Troy"; it was made up by some movie writer, AFAIK.
Edited to add:
Rome, which looked to Greece for its culture, never had an epic that talked to the basic core culture of the country, so Virgil decided to make one
His point was to invent an epic which pointed to the cultural ancestry of Rome (which really didn't exist), and to give a cultural and literary
raison d'etre for Rome's supplanting of Etruria on the Italian Peninsula (which is why Turnus is there) as well as a pseudo-historical
background for Rome's enmity and subsequent destruction of Carthage (which is why Queen Dido played such an important role in the Aeneid).
And, of course, throughout the book, there will always be some 'prophetess" who will say something like, "yea, Aeneas, from your loins will
spring a mighty race which will be called the Romans and they will rule forever and kick mighty butt, blah blah blah."
Again, it was a propaganda piece, all right, but it was finely crafted indeed, and I consider it better literature than either th Iliad or the
I read a kid version as a kid, the original in Latin IV in high school, and both Dryden's translation from the 1700's and Fitzgerald's modern
version, which is the best translation around.
The one I have now is Billson's interlinear translation, with Virgil's original on one side, and a pretty fair English translation when I want to
[edit on 28-1-2005 by Off_The_Street]