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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