Lethaeum ad Fluvium: Mercury in the Aeneid
Pallas: Revue d'études antiques
The significance of the god Mercury to the drama of the Virgilian Aeneid has not been fully appreciated. Careful consideration of the several appearances of the god in the epic reveals that Mercury is a key figure not only in the Virgilian evocation of the rebellion of the giants against Jupiter, but also in the development of the poet’s presentation of the triumph of the Italian over the Trojan in the final ethnic disposition of affairs in Latium, and that on the mortal plane the god has special significance to a more nuanced appreciation of the importance of the heroine Camilla in the events of the war in Italy.
Fratantuono, Lee M., "Lethaeum ad Fluvium: Mercury in the Aeneid" (2015). Classics Faculty Work. 46.
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