Virgil's Aeneid is the epic of Western civilization just as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey are the epics of Greek culture. The poem tells of the remote past, the world of Homer's heroes, in order to be able to speak of the present and future of Augustan Rome. Virgil was chosen by Caesar Augustus to write a poem that would glorify Rome. The Aenid is intense in its graphic and stirring expression of intense human experiences from fast-paced gory war scenes to tender stories of love.
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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Includes results of MRI tests/ brain research research done on hyper-partisan folks--posits emotional area of brain triggered in these arguments, NOT the area involved in reasoning/ problem-solving. The argument itself functions as a drug, explaining the inflexibility of perspective.