Compass Conversations: Andrea Marcolongo - "Starting From Scratch" - Armando Maggi

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Andrea Marcolongo

We are thrilled to present the third event in our virtual Compass Conversations series, which celebrates international non-fiction published by Europa Compass. Join us as Andrea Marcolongo discusses Starting From Scratch: The Life-Changing Lessons of Aeneas with Armando Maggi.

Presented in partnership with Europa Compass. Learn more about our Compass Conversations series here.


About the book: In times of peace and prosperity, one can turn to Homer to learn valuable life lessons, to experience the thrills and terrors of war, and to read about hair-raising adventures in distant lands. But when things do not go as planned, when we unexpectedly find ourselves at the center of an epoch-defining upheaval, then, writes Andrea Marcolongo, we must look to Virgil’s Aeneas for an example of adaptability and resilience. In Marcolongo’s fresh, nuanced portrayal, Virgil’s Aeneas emerges as a multiform, deeply human hero, striking in his vulnerability and capacity for empathy. His journey of rebirth and rebuilding, from the ruins of Troy to the shores of Italy, teaches us that when all seems lost, with hope, perseverance, and a little bit of luck, we can seek and find new beginnings.

About the author: Andrea Marcolongo is an Italian journalist, writer, Classics scholar, and former speech writer for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The Ingenious Language was a bestseller in Italy and in many of the other dozen countries in which it has been published thus far. She is also the author of The Heroic Measure.

About the interlocutor: Armando Maggi is the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Western Civilization at the University of Chicago. He has published works on early-modern and contemporary culture, in particular, Renaissance demonology and mysticism, the European and American tradition of fairy tales. He works in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the College.

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