THE AENEID, READ AND PAINTED

Sunday 8 August at 21.00 | Visit to the exhibition Stefano Di Stasio. Astanze | Spazio Collicola | Featuring Elsa Agalbato, Francesco Biscione, Alberto Di Stasio

On the evening of 8 August it will be possible to visit the exhibition Stefano Di Stasio. Astanze, in which the monumental painting Enea Eterno (Eternal Aeneas) of 2011 will be presented to the public, completing the exhibition of the solo show and which will become, projected onto the stage of the Collicola Arena, the main theme of an evening of readings from Virgil’s Aeneid, in Cesare Vivaldi’s translation and adapted by Elsa Agalbato, based on an idea by Fabio Sargentini. In addition to Elsa Agalbato herself, the actors Francesco Biscione and Alberto Di Stasio will take turns on stage for about 90 minutes, in a captivating reading from Cantos II, III, IV and XII of the famous Virgilian poem.

Brief summary of the Aeneid

After seven years of wandering on the sea, Aeneas and his companions, almost arrived in Italy, are forced by a terrible storm to land on the African coast of Libya. Here they are welcomed by Queen Dido who begs Aeneas to tell her his story: the fall of the city of Troy, thanks to the deception of the Greek horse, the loss of his wife Creusa, the flight from the city with a few survivors in search of a new homeland, the journey to Crete, to the Strophic islands, in Epirus, until they reach Sicily where his father Anchises dies.

At the end of his tale, Aeneas remains the guest of Queen Dido who falls madly in love with him. But after spending some time with her in Carthage, he is urged by Jupiter to resume his journey and complete his mission. He abandons the queen and takes to the sea again. A furious, desperate Dido, takes her own life after swearing eternal enmity between Carthaginians and Trojans.

After seven more years of adventures, Aeneas leaves Carthage and lands in Latium. The Latin king welcomes the Trojans with favour and generosity and, remembering an oracle’s prediction, realises that Aeneas was the man destined to dominate Italy and marry his daughter Lavinia, who had already been promised to Turno, the king of the Rutuli.

But once again Juno decides not to make Aeneas’ life easy, even though Venus, his mother, always comes to his aid, and manages to divide the Trojan people from the Latin people by driving them to war.

Turno takes command of the league of Latins and Rutuli, while Aeneas makes an alliance with the Arcadians and the Etruscans. The war is explosive, many deaths between the armies, the Trojans seem to have the advantage and the Latin king finally sides with the Trojans. But Turno still wants to fight and seeks out Aeneas to challenge him to a duel, despite his sister Giuturna trying to divert him from this goal.

Fate and the help of the gods are, however, favourable to Aeneas who, after having wounded Turno, seeing the weapons of his friend Pallante worn by the king, finishes him off without hesitation.
This will be the beginning of the history of Rome

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