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Subjects

Aeneas (Legendary character) in literature, Aeneis (Virgil), Augustine (Saint -- Bishop of Hippo), Confessiones (Augustinus)

Abstract

In his Confessions, St. Augustine draws a parallel between his own conversion to Christianity and Dido’s suicide in Vergil’s Aeneid. This paper traces the many connections between Dido’s suicide and Augustine’s conversion and suggests that his use of the conventions of her story would have appealed to pagans and thus furthered his effort to broaden the Christian faithful.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/13117

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