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Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic$
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Joseph Farrell and Damien P. Nelis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587223.001.0001

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Virgil’s Bacchus and the

Virgil’s Bacchus and the

(p.124) 6 Virgil’s Bacchus and the Roman Republic
Augustan Poetry and the Roman Republic

Fiachra Mac Góráin

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This chapter argues that the Aeneid, and especially its second half, incorporates a substantial reworking of Euripides' Bacchae, and very probably of Archaic Roman tragedies which mediated the Bacchae to Virgil. In doing so, it relates this intertextual strategy to recent historical concerns, in particular Mark Antony’s self-representation as a new Dionysus and Octavian/Augustus’ exploitation of Apolline imagery.

Keywords:   virgil, aeneid, euripides, bacchae, dionysis, apollo, m. antony, octavian

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