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Apollo and Dionysus in Virgil

Mac Góráin, F; (2014) Apollo and Dionysus in Virgil. Incontri Di Filologia Classica , 12 pp. 191-238. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines passages in Virgil’s Eclogues and Aeneid in which the two gods Apollo and Dionysus are paired or found in close proximity. It offers an interpretation of these passages in light of the relations between Apollo and Dionysus in antiquity, with particular focus on the religious propaganda of triumviral and early Augustan Rome. The article is framed in terms of the influence on classical studies of Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy (1872). Two conclusions are that Nietzsche cannot be entirely bypassed in a modern study of Apollo and Dionysus in antiquity, and that Bacchus/Dionysus/Liber is more important to Octavian-Augustus than is sometimes appreciated. Questo articolo esamina alcuni passi delle Ecloghe e dell’Eneide in cui le due divinità Apollo e Dioniso compaiono affiancate o strettamente associate. L’interpretazione di questi passi è condotta alla luce dei rapporti tra Apollo e Dioniso nell’antichità, con particolare attenzione alla propaganda religiosa degli anni del triumvirato fino alla prima età augustea. L’articolo è impostato tenendo conto dell’influenza che La nascita della tragedia di Nietzsche (1872) ha esercitato sugli studi classici. Due conclusioni sono che Nietzsche non può essere trascurato del tutto in un moderno studio su Apollo e Dioniso nell’antichità, e che Bacco/Dioniso/ Libero è per Ottaviano, poi Augusto, una divinità più importante di quanto talora si valuti.

Type: Article
Title: Apollo and Dionysus in Virgil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://hdl.handle.net/10077/10104
Language: English
Additional information: © Copyright 2014 – EUT EDIZIONI UNIVERSITÀ DI TRIESTE This work is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativeWorks 4.0 license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/]. You are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit the work), but you must attribute the author, you may not use this work for commercial purposes and you may not alter, transform, or build upon this work and distribute any derivative works you create under a similar license.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472070
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