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Citizens of DiscordRome and Its Civil Wars$
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Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, and Andreola Rossi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.001.0001

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Ab Urbe Condita: Roman History on the Shield of Aeneas

Ab Urbe Condita: Roman History on the Shield of Aeneas

(p.145) 8 Ab Urbe Condita: Roman History on the Shield of Aeneas
Citizens of Discord

Andreola Rossi

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a reading of the shield of Aeneas that shows civil war to be disturbingly present in an artefact announced as a history of Rome's triumphs: civil war fights for space with the more uplifting narratives with which it is juxtaposed on the shield. The analysis shows the poet communicating both his sense of Rome's history of civil war and the impossibility of telling that history outright: one can only suggest, sketch, allude, align.

Keywords:   Virgil, Aeneid, shield of Aeneas, civil war

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