The Humanness of Heroes

Studies in the Conclusion of Virgil’s Aeneid

Michael C. J. Putnam

The Humanness of Heroes

Michael C. J. Putnam

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

184 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9789089643476 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The Humanness of Heroes is an important new analysis of the violent conclusion of Virgil’s Aeneid. Michael Putnam provides a fresh interpretation of the controversial ending of perhaps the most deeply influential narrative poem of all time by producing a series of close readings that illuminate both the character of Aeneas and the crucial place that the Aeneid holds in the humanist canon. With an epilogue that surveys the relationship between Virgil’s epic and much later works such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this book will be an invaluable resource for classicists, literary scholars, and readers of both fiction and poetry.


1. The Rampage of Book 10: Part 1
2. The Rampage of Aeneas: Part 2
3. Aeneas Eversor Troiae
4. Aeneas the City Destroyer
5. The Authority of Turnus
6. The Ending
Afterword by David Rijser

Bibliographical Handlist of Works on Virgil by Michael C. J. Putnam
General Index
Index of Passages Cited
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