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Exemplary TraitsReading Characterization in Roman Poetry$
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J. Mira Seo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.001.0001

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We’ll Always Have Paris: Aeneas and the Trojan Legacy

We’ll Always Have Paris: Aeneas and the Trojan Legacy

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Exemplary Traits

J. Mira Seo

Oxford University Press

“We’ll Always Have Paris: Aeneas and the Trojan Legacy.” This case study focuses on Aeneas as epic protagonist and mythological founder in the Aeneid. At the beginning of the epic, Aeneas’ indistinct appearance reflects a metapoetic concern about his status in the epic tradition. As the poem progresses, the dynamics of oral tradition (Fama) suggest that Aeneas resembles the effeminate, oriental adulterer Paris. An unflattering portrait derived from Roman invective and rhetorical practices supports this identification with his Trojan cousin. Aeneas’ descent from Venus, his mythological and poetic genealogy, reveal deep biographical similarities between them.

Keywords:   Aeneid, Aeneas, Paris, Roman invective, rhetoric, poetic genealogy, Venus, Fama

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