women in the Aeneid

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  • Women
    • Lavinia
      • her 'burning cheeks were bathed with tears & a deep flush glowed'
        • loves T or just embarrassed
      • 'the cause of all this suffering'
        • is she to blame for the war?
      • hair on fire & bees prophecies
    • Shield
      • **** of the Sabine women
      • Cleo at Battle of Actium on shield
        • 'bringing up the rear was the greatest outrage of all, his Egyptian wife'
        • Cleo corrupted Anthony as Dido did to Aeneas
    • Troy
      • Hecuba 'flocked' round altar & begs Priam not to fight
      • C begs A not to fight & reminds him of family pietas
      • A's grief at seeing C's ghost develops character
    • Camilla
      • when she's killed, women flock to her as she dies; tries to pull out spear; tells them to get T
      • a women killing Roman ancestors - not popular
      • we know she will die - Diana makes Opis avenge her
        • a god pities her so evokes sympathy
    • Euryalus' Mother
      • dares Rutulians to kill her as well
        • wants to die
      • 'wailing'
      • 'crazed with grief'
    • Amata
      • victim of Allecto
        • 'like a spinning top'
        • pretends to be possessed by Bacchus to hide Lav.
          • favours Turnus
      • commits suicide when she believes T has been killed
        • 'sees her own death before her'
        • irrational women motif - kills herself before she knows the facts
        • ripple effect of grief for her; Lav. weeps; household grieves; gloom in the city
          • intensifies pity for her
    • Dido
      • SYMPATHETIC
        • V. informs A. of her past - she's a refugee too
        • she's a victim of J, V & cupid
        • Dido in the mourning plains
          • 'her wound still fresh'
          • A. weeps & pities her
          • she remains silent (contrast to B4)
          • she's with Syc. who 'answered her grief with grief & her love with love'
        • 'unfortunate' & 'doomed' Dido
        • tragedy of her lovesickness & downfall
          • 'suffering from love's deadly wound'
          • 'consumed by its hidden fire'
        • struggling with her emotions
          • still loyal to Syc.
        • Anna persuades her to be with A
        • ripple effect of grief evokes sympathy
        • her offerings turn to horror; compared to tragic figures Orestes & Pentheus
        • speech to A begging him to stay
        • isolated in death
        • increasingly unstable mentally
      • UNSYMPATHETIC
        • comparison to Cleo
          • building city
          • Anthony
        • neglects her duty to C - 'all stood idle'
        • deceives Anna & says she'll haunt A
        • betrays Syc.
        • founder of Rome's greatest enemy
        • curses
          • tear A limb from limb
          • put his men to the sword
          • let A eat Iulus
          • torch his camp & ships - destroy trojans
        • prophecies
          • Rome v Carthage in Punic Wars
          • let A find war in Latium
          • he will fall before his time
          • he will be driven from his land away from Iulus
          • he will submit to an unjust peace treaty
          • may he beg for help & see his innocents die
          • her unknown avenger - Hannibal
          • Tyrians must hate Trojan decedents
  • Civilian Women
    • motif of mothers
    • intensify pathos
    • 'wailing'
    • 'beat their breasts'
    • ripple effect
    • aware of the suffering to come

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