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Beyond Augustus as Aeneas: Parallels between Ascanius and Octavian in Vergil's Aeneid

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dc.contributor.author Fitzpatrick, Mallory Mae
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-13T18:55:31Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-13T18:55:31Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/24078
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines surprising parallels between the figure of Vergil’s Ascanius and the historical figure of Octavian, later known as Augustus Caesar, which have been overlooked. A close examination of the text reveals a striking number of similarities between these two figures, especially in the thematic areas of inheritance, military achievement, survival and restoration, and divine favor. These themes, widely relevant to Vergil’s Aeneid as a whole, also reflect contemporary anxiety about the socio-political climate of Rome in which Octavian rose to power and indeed contemporary concerns about Octavian as Rome’s new leader. The ambiguity of Ascanius, who can be both a positive and negative character in the epic, was also appropriate for Octavian, whose rise to power was at once encouraging and alarming for many Romans. Vergil’s text, shaped by decades of traumatic civil war, draws attention to these similarities between Ascanius and Octavian and their subsequent connotations and participates in contemporary discourse about Octavian who, like Ascanius, inspired both hope and fear in his people as he took control of Rome. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Octavius Caesar, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. en_US
dc.subject Virgil. Aeneid en_US
dc.subject Ascanius (Legendary character) en_US
dc.title Beyond Augustus as Aeneas: Parallels between Ascanius and Octavian in Vergil's Aeneid en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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