Virgil Society AGM and Lecture: Professor Spyridon Tzounakas (University of Cyprus)

Saturday 15 May 2021: AGM meeting, to take place in Senate House Room 349 if conditions permit, or else online (a further update will follow nearer the time):

11.30 am : A reading of a book from the Georgics

1 pm: Lunch

2.30 pm: AGM

3 pm: Professor Spyridon Tzounakas (University of Cyprus)

‘Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica as a Supplement to the Aeneid’


In this paper I shall try to demonstrate that in his Argonautica Valerius Flaccus treats some episodes in a way that could be interpreted as a commentary on relevant passages of Virgil’s Aeneid. More particularly, I shall focus on cases that are presented as prequels to the Aeneid and I shall argue that this is a strategy that allows Valerius to safeguard his originality and at the same time reinforces his suggestion (with metaliterary implications) that Argo is the first ship.