Death and the Restoration of Trojan Glory
This chapter discusses Cassandra’s treatment of the Trojans, considering both the account of Trojan death and suffering early in the first part of Cassandra’s prophecy and its complement in her subsequent account of the posthumous honors awarded to her, as well as to Hector, Hecuba, and her cousin Aeneas and his descendants. It also treats the broader function of the so-called “Roman passages” within the structure of the poem itself. Though these passages have sometimes been viewed as post-Vergilian interpolations, they are in fact closely integrated into the structure of the work and contribute to its basic strategies. The first of the Roman passages is a reworking of Poseidon’s famous prophecy in Iliad 20, and served as an important model for Vergil’s treatment in the Aeneid of the restoration of Troy at Rome.
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