Acheronta Movebo. Virgil's Lucretian Underworld

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Taking its cue from Freud’s analogy between the unconscious and the Underworld, this paper argues that Lucretius’ theory of dreams enables the description of the katabasis in book 6 of the Aeneid as a dream-like experience. As he meets Dido and Deiphobus, Aeneas thus adumbrates the fears and desires that preside over his negotiations with the past.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-251
Number of pages48
JournalStudi Italiani di Filologia Classica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • Virgil
  • Aeneid
  • Lucretius
  • Underworld
  • Freud
  • katabasis
  • dreams


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