par Dehon, Pierre-Jacques
Référence Folia Electronica Classica, 41, page (1-15), janvier-juin
Publication Publié, 2021-02-10
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Modern exoticism is usually understood as a taste for otherness and a positive feeling towards foreign lands and peoples. Although Greeks and Romans were keener to focus on their own world, this form of exoticism also appears in ancient literature. A quick review of Vergil's output shows that he found his place mid-way through between tradition and modernity. As much as modern artists, he was able to feel the attractiveness of foreign lands, but part of his verses display a more conservative or negative approach, where terrae incognitae or barbarae are perceived as a threat to the Roman world.