CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Classical Poetry

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Example Questions

Example Question #40 : Poetry

What is the Roman epic poem that is both a successor to the Homeric epics and a founding myth regarding Rome?

Possible Answers:

The Aeneid

The Iliad

The Eclogues

The Divine Comedy

The Odes

Correct answer:

The Aeneid

Explanation:

The Aeneid, written by the poet Vergil between 29 and 19 BCE, tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan hero and the mythical founder of Rome. As such, the story is both a continuation of Homer's Iliad, and serves as a founding myth for the Roman people. Vergil's poem traces how Aeneas fled Troy, led a Trojan fleet, and eventually settled in Italy.

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