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Shaggy CrownsEnnius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid$
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Nora Goldschmidt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681297.001.0001

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Sites of Rome

Sites of Rome

(p.68) (p.69) 3 Sites of Rome
Shaggy Crowns

Nora Goldschmidt

Oxford University Press

Drawing on Pierre Nora’s ideas of lieux de mémoire, this chapter examines the Tiber and the site of Rome as palimpsestic sites of memory. After considering the presentation of the site of Rome in the Annales, which already links Rome’s urban topography to its historical memory in sophisticated ways, the chapter moves on to look at the ways in which the Aeneid revisits Ennian territory. Bringing his hero in primeval time to the evocative landscape as if it were a ‘new world’ and presenting a version of Rome ‘before’ Rome on the banks of the Tiber, Virgil plants the Aeneid ‘first’ on the soil of Rome as the Ur-epic of the city’s foundation.

Keywords:   Annales, Aeneid, lieux de mémoire, Pierre Nora, foundation, landscape

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