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In literature and myth, son of Aeneas. He appears in the Aeneas‐legend by the 5th cent. bc, at first as one of several sons of Aeneas. The gens Iūlia claimed him as eponymous founder with an alternative name of ‘Ῐūlus’. In the Aeneid he is a projection of typical and sometimes ideal Roman youth, but still too young to play a major part; other versions tell of his later career as king of Lavinium and founder of Alba Longa, the city from which Rome was founded.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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