The Roman Hero

Last Tuesday evening Bedales classicists were given a compelling insight into the world of the Roman Hero by Dr Efi Spentzou of Royal Holloway College. Dr Spentzou explained how Virgil was attempting to meld the elements of Homeric and Hellenistic epic into a new kind of hero; most importantly, she argued that the character of Aeneas is not a new, fully-fledged Roman type of hero, but a hero in development. Dr Spentzou drew on passages from the Iliad as well as the Aeneid to show the Homeric influences, but also focussed on the inclusion of Roman politics, in particular the influence of Augustus on the Aeneid. It was an erudite and engaging lecture and a chance for students approaching exams to think more broadly about this important and influential poem.

By  Alex Walker, Head of Classics


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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