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that of his successors, and his epic poem, the Aeneid, gave Homeric luster to the And in the Aeneid, Virgil's poem about the origins of Rome, though his hero. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. FIGURE 1 VIRGIL READING THE AENEID TO AUGUSTUS AND OCTAVIA, JEAN -JOSEPH TAILLASSON, 1 Octavia faints as Virgil reads a portion of.
Born Oct. But a change of governors deprived him of protection, and he was forced to desert his heritage in peril of death, escaping only by swimming the river Mincio. The rest of his life was spent farther south, in Rome, Naples, Sicily, and elsewhere. He was buried at Naples, where his tomb was long a place of religious pilgrimage. But it is foolish to lose sight of the splendor of a poet who, for nearly two thousand years, has been one of the most powerful factors in European culture.
There are serious doubts, however, that this is the case. When the night falls, the besotted queen is sleepless and tries to deceive her passion for Aeneas by taking Ascanius on her lap: Aeneid 4. Vergil presents a distinctly elegiac Dido17 before the queen embraces Ascanius to forget her love for Aeneas.
But Dido does not realize that she is toying with a very dangerous kid. Dido took Ascanius on her lap before gremio fouet inscia Dido, 1. Harrison , —14, examines the appropriation of elegiac language and themes in Aen.
These thematic and verbal echoes suggest that Ascanius is still Cupid.
As a result, the queen lapses into a state of elegiac inertia. The transformed Cupid has managed to thwart the warlike preparations of the epic program. When she touches and sees As- canius, the god enfolds her completely without being noticed, and never leaves her.
In the words of Walter Johnson: Both op- positions are encapsulated in the contrast between love and militia. West on Hes. WD In later poetry the word may describe concealing mist, but here the divine Eros can move unseen in conditions of excellent visibility.
Later on Ascanius takes part in the hunt 4. The ultimate quarry is Dido, who is compared with a hind wounded by an arrow at Aeneid 4. The blurring of the distinc- tion between Ascanius and Cupid continues in the background. Damien Nelis notes that Ascanius is hoping to come across a boar spumantemque … aprum, 4. Both furtiuus amor and culpa are terms which describe an elegiac love af- fair. On the other hand, Roman love elegy often uses the lexicon of marriage to de- 24 See Nelis , Cairns discusses a passage from Sulpicia [Tibullus] 4.
For the in- terlinking of the motifs of hunting and sexual passion, see Davis Propertius 1. Ovid, Am. For culpa in elegy, see Pichon , s. Similarly, Propertius declares that Cynthia will be both his girlfriend and his wife, although amica and uxor are mutually exclusive terms semper amica mihi, semper et uxor eris, 2.
Dido indulges exactly in this elegiac fantasy, treating her sexual relation- ship as more than physical and calling it a marriage. The presence of Ascanius in an episode replete with elegiac topoi brings up his continuing assimilation to Cupid.
While in Aeneid 4. Dido covers her furtiuus amor under the name of marriage, but we are also invited to see the stealthy Cupid under the name of furtiuus Amor. Amor in Aeneid 7 But we can take this further. See also Pichon , s. On the contrary, Vergil invokes Erato without mentioning at all the element of love: The introduction of Erato, how- ever, in the beginning of the Iliadic half of the Aeneid prefigures the erotic background of the war and anticipates the generic enrichment of heroic epic with the language and the motifs of love poetry.
Cupid, however, does not appear straightforwardly like Eros in the Argonautica. The narrative sequence which sets in mo- tion the epic program of the Argonautica and the Aeneid can be sketched out as follows: Vergil remakes the Aphrodite- Eros scene which he used in the first half of the Aeneid , casting Allecto and Ascanius in the main roles. Lucretius, DRN 4. Thus, Vergil draws a parallel between the two winged gods, the Fury and the boy.
She is dispatched by Juno in order to in- spire war, and she actually does a very good job. The Fury is introduced as a specialist in tristia bella Aen.
Having prefigured a generic debate between military epic and love poetry by invoking Erato in the proem of Book 7, Vergil reworks elegiac themes for the epic context of the Aeneid. Moskalew , , notes that Allecto, like Amor, makes no reply to Juno, but silently proceeds to carry out her task.
Robert Maltby acknowledges that the Vergil passage is close in wording to Tibullus, and suggests that both derive from a neoteric source. Turnus wakes up bathed in sweat and burning with an insane desire for war: Aeneid 7. At the same time, the above mentioned lines are imbued with unmistakably elegiac vocabulary. Ovid, Met. Propertius, in a tendentiously elegiac reading of the Iliad, explains that Achilles withdrew from the battlefield because of his passion for Bri- seis 2.
Propertius sees the Homeric world through elegiac lenses. The poet curses those who prefer weapons to lovemaking, drawing a di- chotomy between an epic and an elegiac lifestyle. In Propertius 4. Tar- peia wants to resolve the epic war in elegiac terms and Propertius juxta- poses the symbol of elegy torus with the symbol of epic arma , creating a tension between love and war.
Elegiac themes do not cancel, but rather promote the epic agenda of Aeneid 7— For more examples, see Pichon , s. Allecto, like Amor, is also a saeua dea Aen. The program- matic opening of the Aeneid arma uirumque is embedded in Tyrios toros. Allecto notices that the boy is hunting, and she in- flicts madness on his hounds.
Dido is saucia Aen. Tibullus, 2. Ser- vius ad Aen. The wounds of love saucia, 4. Vergil casts Dido as an elegiac lover. Note also that Ovid at Am.
It is also signifi- cant that Ovid imitates Aeneid 7. Interest- ingly, arcu is an anagram of cura see Califf. At the same time he generi- cally restores the elegiac motifs of the Aeneid to elegy. Allecto, the other Cupid-like figure of the Aeneid, is also notorious for her insidiae Aen. See Nelis , Later on, the wounded animal is imploranti similis Aen. Putnam , , comments on the human traits of the animal. Vance , —8, suggests that the animal is treated like a young lover about to be married.
The unclear identity of the deus 7. It is generally assumed that the deity is Allecto, but the masculine form is puzzling and Vergil consistently uses dea elsewhere for Allecto Aeneid 7.
The poet creates a deliberate uncertainty about the name of the god, inviting the readers to think of Amor, a divine archer par excellence who is closely associated with Asca- nius.
In Aeneid 10, Juno accuses Venus of using Cupid to foment war aut ego tela dedi fouiue Cupidine bella? Aeneid Hence, Juno insinuates that Venus and her son stirred up war in the past and that their scheme in Carthage will cause war in the future. But the current war, for which Juno is responsible, is also at play. Since Vergil never mentions the restoration of Ascanius, Juno seems to have used Cupid via Allecto to stir up war.
For further examples, see Pichon , s. Horace traces the origins of elegy in lamentations uersibus impariter iunctis querimonia primum, AP Roman love elegy defines itself in contra- distinction to martial epic.
At the same time, the Roman elegists appro- priate the language of military epic for the context of love poetry. Cupid appears as a victorious warrior cf. Propertius, 1. Roman elegy both rejects and includes epic since epic motifs are reprocessed for elegiac purposes.
Likewise, the intro- duction of elegiac language and themes in the Dido episode suggests an in- tergeneric debate inherent in Roman elegy, but now appearing in an epic context. The protracted sojourn of Aeneas in Carthage brings epic action to a standstill and divine intervention is required to reactivate the program of the Aeneid. In the Dido episode, Cupid is a deity that adds an elegiac di- mension to the world of the Aeneid, but also threatens to destabilize the epic agenda. By contrast, the introduction of Cupid-like figures Allecto, Ascanius in the second half of the Aeneid involves a radical subversion of the elegiac appropriation of epic motifs; it is the host genre of epic which absorbs the guest genre of elegy now, not the other way around.
The language and the themes of elegy do not disturb the warlike narrative of Aeneid 7—12, but rather activate it. Love elegy uses the language of martial epic on a metaphorical level e. Thus, he sets in motion a strong interaction between two levels which elegy normally keeps distinct within an hierarchy of literal love versus metaphorical war.
I thank the anonymous reader for bringing this important point to my attention. In Aeneid 9. The boy kills Numanus, who has just delivered an invec- tive against the Trojans. He is uociferans tumidusque 9. Numanus, a puffed-up boaster of epic proportions ingentem sese clamore ferebat, 9. Vergil uses cano to describe his boastful speech ca- nentem, 9. His epicizing attack on the el- egiac lifestyle of the Trojans enrages Ascanius, who enters the epic battle after praying to Jupiter 9.
The epic universe has been invaded by a Cupid-like archer and then Apollo intervenes to restore the order: Asper , —7.
Great Apollo concedes you this first glory and does not begrudge similar weapons; from now on refrain, boy, from war. Philip Hardie, commenting on 9. Eclogues 6. There is an intriguing parallel between Apollo asking the young Vergil to stop his epic and Apollo asking Ascanius to withdraw from the battles of the Aeneid.
Still, while in the Eclogues the god prevents the composition of epic poetry, in the Aeneid he removes from the war a Cupid-like boy, a character in- congruous with the epic world of men and battles. His epic appearance in Aeneid 9. In Aeneid 8, the god appears in the grand epic scene of the battle of Actium Actius haec cernens arcum intendebat Apollo, 8. As an archer Apollo is a god of epic poetry, but as a lyre-player he comes closer to his Callimachean and anti-epic identity.
In the end of the Ascanius-Apollo scene, as the god disappears, the Trojans hear the sound made by the arrows in his quiver Aeneid 9. I shall now turn to the Metamorphoses and argue that Ovid read the episode of Ascanius and Apollo this way, i. Servius, ad Aeneid 9.
In fact, Ovid alludes to Aeneid 9. After fulfilling the epic feat of slaying the Python, Apollo runs into Cupid and makes fun of his bow Metamorphoses 1. Morgan is interested in the juxtaposition between childhood and adult- hood, and its importance in defining epic manhood. The contest between elegiac and epic weapons begins. Cupid con- trols both poetry and the god of poetry. While Ascanius obeys Apollo and withdraws from the battle, as the epic action resumes in the Aeneid, Cupid attacks Apollo in the Metamorphoses and transforms epic action into an el- egiac pursuit.
Vergil has Apollo restrain Ascanius and thus support the epic program, while Ovid in his own epic reverses the Vergilian order and restores the elegiac pattern: Apollo moves from epic to elegy as a disobedient Cupid deflates his epic pose.
On the contrary, in Metamorphoses 1 Apollo and Cupid appear untransformed. Thus, the episode of the Metamorphoses provides the key to interpreting the transformations of Apollo and Cupid in the Aeneid. In this case, it is Vergil, not Ovid, who is the poet of metamorphoses.
Vergil turns the elegiac disavowal of epic poetry on its head, by as opposed to the elegiac couplet. Ovid says that his second line was equal to the first par erat inferior uersus, Am.
Thus, the elegiac meter is impar cf. Horace, AP 75; Ovid, Am. Knox , 14—17, argues that the encounter between Cupid and Apollo evokes elegiac discourse; Keith , —50, further examines the interplay between epic and elegy in Met.
See also Miller Apollo stops a youthful aspiration to epic glory, but does not support an elegiac program. Vergil first presents the in- trusion of a Cupid-like boy into epic and then has Apollo remove him from the battle. By reworking an elegiac motif in order to reestablish the epic character of the work, Vergil has Apollo guarantee the epic purity of the Aeneid through its generic multiformity.
This far from accidental omission creates a deliberate and persistent ambiguity be- tween the identities of Ascanius and Cupid.
As a result, the presence of the boy often negotiates space for elegiac motifs in the epic context of the Ae- neid. But, as Harrison , , notes, Vergilian epic is the repository rather than the source of all other poetic traditions. On the generic multiformity of the Aeneid, see Hardie , 22—5; , 57—63; Harrison , — Mora in the Aeneid 93 His addressee, Aeneas, seems made already Roman in the invocation Romane; the interminable morae toward the future city and its imperium seem precipitous- ly broken off, as if the figures he sees in Elysium, and their history, were already long reality.
A corrective variation on our anagram then emerges when Anchises exhorts Aeneas to re- member that his special art is to add mos to pax in ruling the nations at line But it will take a mindful, remembering Roman—one who is memor—to achieve this state.
Prolongations Surely Virgil could have said, and does say, all of this without anagram. What does wordplay do? It insinuates the uneasy sense of postponement that, the poem whispers, lies within both amor and Roma. The three under scrutiny here, however, form a basic triad.
Some other examples: 3. At the same time, mora governs a whole series of military tropes that pro- liferate in the Italian war, and especially in Book 10, registering hindrances in the thick of combat—whether successful or momentary—to death, the telos of the larger narrative of life: Turnus at 9.
As often, the variety of the English equivalents Ahl finds for the word betrays the creeping spread of its semantics. Let our Trojan luck pursue us no longer! But Mar- cellus—coming at the end of the catalogue of heroes as we hear it reported—re- minds us of an ideal Romanness that the boy will never quite instantiate; his vir- tues recede into subjunctive conditions, climaxing in a baffled si clause 6.
The poem knows that delay is crucial to narrative. Sinon, pausing in his tale at 2. In his past work the poet had rebuked himself for delaying at Georgics 3. When he next uses this phrase, in the person of Mercury, he will correct its national import.
Before beginning that encomium Virgil had invoked Apollo as memorande Georgics 3. The Aeneid, too, inscribes the idea of delay even more plainly into its narrative. The passages under discussion here might be con- sidered to expand anagrammatically on the overt opening of narrative at the be- ginning of the poem 1. Musa, mihi causas memora …. Muse, let the memories spill through me …. The first sentence of the poem follows a crooked itinerary from Troy, through stages in Lavinium and Alba Longa, to end in a Rome that the poem itself will never reach.
Upon sighting this telos the poet immediately abandons his inde- pendent stance as singer cano to ask help of his muse, specifically for the caus- es, the etiology of the events, and does so in an alliterative complex solidary with Mora in the Aeneid 97 the last phrase of the sentence that precedes moenia Romae.
She could fly over the tops of the highest stalks in a grainfield, Leaving the tender ears of the crop unharmed by her crossing.
The odd phrase at 1. Venus picks up the ques- tion with her own to Jupiter at , quem das finem, rex magne, laborum?
Establishing a Roman nation is indeed endless work. Vergilius Maro. There you see Ocnus as well, son of Manto, the seer, and of Tuscan Tiber, the river. Mora in the Aeneid 99 Mantua, heir to an ancestry rich, but not all of one bloodline.
Three distinct peoples are there, each people with four distinct cities. Mantua heads up their league. Within his own ktistic mythology and in dialogue, as usual, with Greek , Virgil himself comes ultimately from Delay, off- spring of a love affair between the Tiber and Prophetic Poetry. Longing In associating these sounds, ideas, and narrative dynamics Virgil may be build- ing upon precedent.
Garbugino in EV s. By the end of Book Four the shortest, be it noted, in the poem , longus amor would seem to make at least some literal sense: part of the winter has elapsed. Yet we cannot fail to remember that her love was somehow always pro- longed from the outset. At the feast where the Trojans and Tyrians, according to Dido, are to cele- brate their coming together 1. Tyrians encore, applaud. She repeats the same banquet: Crazily pleading to hear once more what the Trojans have suffered, Once more hanging in awe on his lips as he tells her the story.
In this diegetic economy, mora yields more mora. Servius and the augmented version of his commentary ad loc. Yet iamdudum reinforces the equally curious 1. In the case of Dido, death is implicit in love and marks its beginning.
Like all seemingly inexorable processes in the Aeneid, this one, too, manifestly depends on the rhetoric of the poem and its speaking and focalizing personae; the configuration of meaning is potentially reversible, and hinges on a sublimation, redirection, and fudging of the meaning of love.
No doubt it was always true that omnia uincit Roma. But resist- ance in its various forms can also claim a stealthy victory. Bibliography Ahl, F. Ithaca, NY.