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Hey /lit/, I have an exam coming up relatively soon on Virgil's Aeneid.
To those of you that are familiar with it, do you have any insights into it, or anything that would help when it comes to writing essays about the themes/characters?
I'm not panning my work off on you guys, I'd just like some alternate opinions on it, so I can have a more encompassing view on it.
To kickstart, do you guys think Aeneas actually loved Dido, and was crushed when he was forced to leave Carthage?
Personally, I never got the impression that he loved her, perhaps he cared for her, but when he leaves on bad terms without making an effort, it really spelled apathy to me.
Thanks for any contribution.
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“What if a demon were to creep after you one day or night, in your loneliest loneness, and say: “This life which you live and have lived, must be lived again by you, and innumerable times more. And mere will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and every sigh—everything unspeakably small and great in your life—must come again to you, and in the same sequence and series… . The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned—and you with it, dust of dust!” Would you not throw yourself down and curse the demon who spoke to you thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment, in which you would answer him: “Thou art a god, and never have I heard anything more divine!”
Interesting thought, isn´t it? Of course, it is not highly probable that this metaphysical concept is actually true. But still - it is an interesting thought.
One could view this nietzschean Idea pragmatically and thus form some kind of categorial imperative:
“Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that this act (and- of course - its implications for your life and the life of others) repeatedly occurs an infinite amount of times.
I love the idea of paying maximum attention to the quality and the level of fulfillment of your life. For example, why bother having a shitty job when you could rather do the things you love? Remember, you have to go through your shitty job again and again…for the rest of eternity.