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A tale of two Carthages : history and allusive topography in Virgil’s Libyan harbor (Aen. 1.159-69)

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Although Virgil’s description of the Libyan harbor at Aeneid 1.159– 69 is generally thought to be a poetic invention, some readers in antiquity, according to Servius’s commentary, believed the harbor to be modeled after the port of Carthago Nova in southern Spain. This paper argues for the merit of this reading by exploring how a topographical allusion to Carthago Nova, the site of a famous siege during the Second Punic War, activates historical memories that have rich implications f...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1353/apa.2015.0000

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Department:
Classical Languages & Lit
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Transactions of the American Philological Association
Volume:
145
Issue:
1
Pages:
107-133
Acceptance date:
2014-01-09
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EISSN:
1533-0699
ISSN:
0360-5949
Language:
English

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