Required Post #4: Ornamental Epithets
One aspect of The Iliad that Virgil clearly implemented in his text is the use of ornamental epithets. One way in which he changes this is by giving the Achaeans derogatory names instead of honorable ones. He calls Diomedes “godless” instead of Homer’s “godlike,” and he calls Ulysses the “mastermind of crime” instead of the “great tactician.”
Think back to The Iliad. What other ornamental epithets might be change? What would Virgil’s name be for the “Achaean bulwark” Ajax, the “matchless runner” Achilles, or the “lord of men” Agamemnon? How would he spin these epithets to favor the Trojans?
Please turn this post in by Friday at the start of your class.