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August 1st, 2006
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I am a stupid mathmo who doesn't understand Art. More to the point, I am trying to understand Dido and Aeneas before Saturday. Although I am coming to the conclusion you don't have to understand the plot to enjoy it.

My current understanding of the plot is behind this LJ cut. However, I have a few questions, and enlightening answers to them would be really appreciated. I did read the wikipaedia article, but it wasn't much use.

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Date:August 4th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
Something none of the many fine summaries of the source material above mention is why it was written: It's a propoganda piece to cook up for Rome (a) a lineage to ancient Greek culture and (b) a non-imperialist justification for the conflict with Carthage. As such, it's bound to have a few narrative lacunae.
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Date:August 7th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
It doesn't strike me as a very good justification. If they're trying to absolve themselves of blame wouldn't it make more sense to tell a story where they seem, err, less at fault?
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Date:August 7th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)

It was lovely to meet you. I only got back from my Grand Tour of the Dark Side of London this morning, and haven't quite come down from the singthrough yet. Do you mind if I friend you? It is always nice to meet new and exciting people, and LJ is a great way of stalking them keeping in touch.

And thanks for the intro! I will wander over and say Hi at some point.
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