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Erotic Aetiology: Romulus, Augustus, and the Rape of the Sabine Women

Mario Labate

in The Art of Love

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780199277773
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191708138 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277773.003.0010
Erotic Aetiology: Romulus, Augustus, and the Rape of the Sabine Women

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This chapter argues that the first digression of the poem involving Romulus and the Sabine women, which draws attention to the absence of ars in the process of selecting a mate, acts as an effective anti-exemplum to make more prominent the positive teaching of the Ars as a whole.

Keywords: Ars Amatoria; love; didactic; Romulus

Chapter.  9045 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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