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Virgil Murder





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Erratum: At the end of the article "Who's Afraid of Turnus?" (Page 22), you obviously have to delete the sentence “Indeed…knowledge”. Thank you, and good reading to all.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 April 2019 09:51 )

Calvus carmen 68

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I propose in Catulle ou l’anti-César (Paris, 1998) to identify with Calvus the mysterious "brother" so loved by Catullus. Here is a new clue to this effect. At verse 30 of Poem 68, devoted to the death of this "brother", we read Id, Malli, non est turpe, sed magis miserum est ("It's not a shame, Mallius, but rather a misfortune"). Clear and poignant echo to these words of Calvus, that Seneca the Elder has transmitted to us (Controv. 7,4-8): Credite mihi, iudices, non est turpe misereri. Strangely enough, no commentator, to my knowledge, had mentioned it. 


Anniversaire Auguste 2018

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Today is the anniversary of the birth of Augustus, founder of the Roman Empire, and incidentally "poet" in his spare time: last update.


mort de Virgile 2018

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We commemorate today the sad anniversary of Virgil’s death. Everybody knows the famous epitaph:

Mantua me genuit, Calabri rapuere, nunc tenet

Parthenope. Cecini pascua, rura, duces.

“Mantua gave birth to me, (the) Calabrians killed me, Parthenope now / holds me; I sang of pastures, plowlands, and leaders.”

But could it be that this simple couplet secretly reestablishes the truth about the death of the poet, and even informs us about the identity of his murderer?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2018 21:15 )

Une introduction aux Métamorphoses

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