n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Vergil and the : 3.12-18 : notes

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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In this famous passage Vergil promises to build a temple at Mantua and by the river Mincius to celebrate the greatness of Imperator Caesar, the later Augustus. It has been rightly stressed that this edifice is metaphorical rather than literal, echoing notable imagery in Pindar and elsewhere, and that the poet's triumphal tone and language evoke the historical context of writing, looking forward to the triple triumph of Caesar in 29 BC.

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