VENUS' BOOTS and the SHADOW of CAESAR in BOOK 1 of VIRGIL'S AENEID

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Abstract

Uirginibus Tyriis mos est gestare pharetram, purpureoque alte suras uincire cothurno. It is customary for us Tyrian girls to carry a quiver and to lace our calves up high in red boots. (Verg. Aen. 1.336-7) With these words a disguised Venus explains the accessories of her costume to Aeneas and Achates shortly after the Trojan landing in North Africa. Even detailed commentaries on this passage overlook an important feature: the lines contain a reference to Julius Caesar, who claimed descent from Venus and made a political point of wearing red boots during his dictatorship. This allusion to Caesar connects in significant ways to adjoining passages of the first book of the Aeneid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)689-692
Number of pages4
JournalClassical Quarterly
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Classics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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