My erudite son let me look at this very interesting essay, just published today in Lapham's Quarterly.  An enlightening, alternative take on Virgil, to say the least. The final paragraph in this magnificent piece summed it up:

"…As the nations of the young West fought to define themselves, Virgil stood as proof that, evidence of Rome itself notwithstanding, "empire without end" was not only possible, but worth the struggle. We saw in him what we needed to see: a hope of immortal civilization. Then, when the world cracked around us, we again took from Virgil what we needed: comfort that progress and ideal empire was an illusion, and had always been so. Perhaps there are more revelations yet to come."

There are many, many market lessons in The Aeneid.


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