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The permanence of Cupid's metamorphosis in the Aeneid

Ziogas, Ioannis


Cupid morphs into Ascanius in Aeneid 1 and I argue that this transformation invests Ascanius with erotic qualities that are essential to understanding the boy�s role in the Aeneid. Vergil deliberately blurs the distinction between Ascanius and Cupid, inviting the readers to draw a parallel between Aeneas� son and Aeneas� brother. Ascanius� Cupid-like features generically enrich Vergil�s epic with the language and motifs of elegiac poetry. The intrusion of Cupid, the patron deity of Roman love...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Classics
DOI: 10.2.issue-1/tcs.2010.007/tcs.2010.007.xml


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