Hospitality narratives in Virgil and Callimachus: The ideology of reception

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This article highlights the extent and significance of the intertextual relationship between reception-narratives in Virgil’s Aeneid (Aeneas and Evander) and Callimachus’ Aetia (Heracles and Molorcus) and Hecale (Theseus and Hecale). Encompassing Aeneas’ succession to Hercules as Evander’s guest, his failed pledge to his host, and his acquisition of a shield on which his historical successor is depicted, Callimachean intertextuality informs the narrative of the Aeneid in its widest sweep. As the archetypal scene of Homeric hospitality (Odysseus and Eumaeus) is received from Callimachus by the new Homer of Augustan Rome, the narrative of reception becomes one of intertextual and cultural appropriation, the dynamics of which are far from those of amicable exchange.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-142
Number of pages25
JournalThe Cambridge Classical Journal
Early online date27 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


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