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p. 11710. ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’locked

  • Mary Beard
  •  and John Henderson

Abstract

Et in Arcadia Ego’ is based on the term coined by Pope Clement IX in the 17th century, who found inspiration from Virgil's ‘Arcadian’ Eclogues. Its story tells of death and paradise and has captured the imagination of artists and poets throughout western culture ever since. J. Wolfgang von Goethe, Evelyn Waugh, and the painters Nicolas Poussin and Sir Joshua Reynolds have all found inspiration in Virgil's work. From the experiences of Anthony Blunt, Louis MacNiece, and Erwin Panofsky, we learn that what pupils learn is the process of learning. They were fully conscious of the complex and vital role that their induction to Classics continued to play in their work and their thinking.

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