Taking its cue from Freud’s analogy between the unconscious and the Underworld, this paper argues that Lucretius’ theory of dreams enables the description of the katabasis in book 6 of the Aeneid as a dream-like experience. As he meets Dido and Deiphobus, Aeneas thus adumbrates the fears and desires that preside over his negotiations with the past.

Acheronta movebo. Virgil's Freudian underworld

Alessandro Schiesaro
2019

Abstract

Taking its cue from Freud’s analogy between the unconscious and the Underworld, this paper argues that Lucretius’ theory of dreams enables the description of the katabasis in book 6 of the Aeneid as a dream-like experience. As he meets Dido and Deiphobus, Aeneas thus adumbrates the fears and desires that preside over his negotiations with the past.
2019
Settore L-FIL-LET/04 - Lingua e Letteratura Latina
Virgilio; Freud; oltretomba
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