oa Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Aeneas' revenge for Pallas as a criticism of Aeneas

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141



This article is concerned with four passages which represent acts committed by Aeneas to avenge Pallas. In them Aeneas kills suppliants who have begged for their lives and deprives a dead enemy of burial, boasting that his body will be eaten by animals. No other character in the Aeneid is described as doing these things. In addition, in all these passages Aeneas either ignores or scorns the parent-child relationship. Representations and discussions of these actions by Roman and Greek authors will be used to show that Vergil must have intended that they be regarded as extremely repulsive.

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