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Dinneen's Irish Virgil

Mac Góráin, F; (2020) Dinneen's Irish Virgil. In: Torrance, I and O'Rourke, D, (eds.) Classics and Irish politics 1916-2016. (pp. 138-155). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the cultural and political reception of Virgil by the nationalist scholar, cleric, and Irish-language expert Patrick Dinneen. Dinneen forges connections between classical antiquity and the Irish experience, seeing himself as a latter-day Virgil, similarly dispossessed of his lands but engaged in the production of a national literature. Among his domesticating receptions of Virgil to the Irish context, he read the Georgics as a model for calling a people back to the land after civil strife. In Dinneen’s reading of Aeneid 6 as recommending a benign form of empire, however, the chapter pinpoints a tension between his favourable view of the Roman Empire as spreading civilization and Christianity, on the one hand, and the potential of empire for injustice and oppression, on the other.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dinneen's Irish Virgil
ISBN-13: 9780198864486
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198864486.003.0007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198864486.003.0007
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Patrick Dinneen, Virgil, political reception, Irish language, national literature, dispossession, Roman Empire
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094132
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