The Forging of a God: Venus, the Shield of Aeneas, and Callimachus’s Hymn to Artemis

TitleThe Forging of a God: Venus, the Shield of Aeneas, and Callimachus’s Hymn to Artemis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMcCarter, S
Ancient AuthorsCallimachus Philol. (TLG 0533), Publius Vergilius Maro (PHI 0690), Publius Ovidius Naso (PHI 0959)
JournalTransactions of the American Philological Association
Volume142
Issue2
Pagination355-381
Abstract

Callimachus’s Hymn to Artemis provides a useful intertext for tracing the development of Venus and Aeneas in Vergil’s Aeneid and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The Callimachean Artemis and Vergilian Venus each receive promises of future glory from their fathers, charm artisans into producing weapons that advance their divinity, and gradually emerge as powerful goddesses in their own right. Comparison with the Hymn furthermore shows how Aeneas’s status as a future god is guaranteed by his divine armor. [http://muse.jhu.edu/article/490828]

DOI10.1353/apa.2012.0009

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