The permanence of Cupid's metamorphosis in the Aeneid

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2010

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Ziogas, Ioannis

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Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG

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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 elegy, into Vergil�s epic opens an intriguing dialogue between two genres that are supposedly mutually exclusive.

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Trends in Classics

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Journal article

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10.2.issue-1/tcs.2010.007/tcs.2010.007.xml

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2037-12-31