The Death and Rebirth of Vergil

To the broader reading public, Vergil has died and come back to life numerous times. Where are we right now, in 2022?

A painting of Virgil reading the Aeneid to onlookers by Jean-Baptiste Wicar
Feb 04

About the Event

This lecture ventures to conjure up a Vergil (also spelled Virgil) for our times through the imaginative mediation of the Austrian writer of Jewish descent, Hermann Broch (1886-1951). His novel, The Death of Virgil (1945), was greeted by Hannah Arendt as “the greatest poetic achievement of the age since Kafka’s death” and by Thomas Mann as “one of the most extraordinary and profound experiments ever to have been undertaken with the flexible medium of the novel.”

The lecture will quote from Vergil, The Aeneid, translated by Shadi Bartsch (Random House, 2021) and Hermann Broch, The Death of Virgil, translated by Jean Starr Untermeyer (Vintage International, 1995).

In Spring 2022, Katia Mitova will teach a course on The Death of Virgil.

Who's Speaking

Katia Miltova

Katia Mitova

Basic Program Instructor

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