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The Mixed Blessings of Bacchus in Virgil's Georgics

Mac Góráin, F; (2014) The Mixed Blessings of Bacchus in Virgil's Georgics. Dictynna: Revue de Poétique Latine , 11 Green open access

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Abstract

A certain Augustan ‘rehabilitation’ of Bacchus may be traced in Virgil’s Georgics, in response to the god’s role in the self-presentation of Mark Antony, especially with reference to the movement on the worship of Bacchus in Book 2. An analysis of the ritual elements is offered here. Nonetheless, certain references to Bacchus in the Georgics suggest that he is a volatile symbol, difficult to control: some of these reside in Virgil’s allusions to Eratosthenes’ Erigone.

Type: Article
Title: The Mixed Blessings of Bacchus in Virgil's Georgics
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://dictynna.revues.org/1069
Language: English
Additional information: This article may be reproduced in print or online for personal, scientific and educational purposes, excluding commercial use. Any reproduction must include acknowledgement of the original publisher, the name of the article, the author, and a reference to the document. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Virgil, Georgics, Bacchus, Liber, Dionysus, Eratosthenes, Erigone, ritual, politics, Antony, Augustus
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472069
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