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Ab Urbe Condita: Roman History on the Shield of Aeneas

Andreola Rossi

in Citizens of Discord

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195389579
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866496 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.003.0009
Ab Urbe Condita: Roman History on the Shield of Aeneas

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This chapter offers a reading of the shield of Aeneas that shows civil war to be disturbingly present in an artefact announced as a history of Rome's triumphs: civil war fights for space with the more uplifting narratives with which it is juxtaposed on the shield. The analysis shows the poet communicating both his sense of Rome's history of civil war and the impossibility of telling that history outright: one can only suggest, sketch, allude, align.

Keywords: Virgil; Aeneid; shield of Aeneas; civil war

Chapter.  5919 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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