Kelly Sloane

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20052006 Forum on Word and Image

Kelly Sloane


College '06

Epic Illustrations: Vergil's Aeneid in the Vergilius Vaticanus

The Vergilius Vaticanus is one of the oldest and best preserved illuminated manuscripts of classical literature. Produced in the early fifth century, it contains Roman poet Vergil’s famed Aeneid, in which words and images sometimes merge gracefully and at other times diverge sharply. How did the scribes and artists choose which scenes to depict? How do the images depart from the poetry, and how do they conform?