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PREPARING THE ELEGIAC DIDO: AMATORY LANGUAGE IN AENEID 1.343-352

Robert John Sklenar

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

           

            This talk will examine Venus’s use of amatory language (e.g. miserae, 343; amantem, 352) to depict Dido as an elegiac lover in the generically inappropriate context of her marriage to Sychaeus, and thus to prepare her for the fuller elegiac treatment she receives from Vergil’s authorial voice in Book 4.

Session/Panel Title

Lightning Talks 2: Poetry and Language

Session/Paper Number

51.5

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