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LONDON W. AND R. CHAMBERS 47 PATERNOSTER ROW : AND HIGH STREET EDINBURGH

1855

2987. f. 5.

A E N E IDOS

LIBRI VII.-XII.

LIBER VII.

The nurse of Aeneas dies, and gives name to Caieta (see A. 6, 901).

After which he sails northwards, 1-9. By the favour of Neptune, the fleet is wafted safe, during the night, past Circaei, the supposed residence of the sorceress Circe—in Virgil's time, joined to the mainland—though they hear the sounds of the beasts, into which the potions of the goddess have changed her unhappy visitors, 10-24. At dawn, they enter the mouth of the Tiber, 25-36. About to narrate the war between the Trojans and the Latins, Virgil invokes the Muse, 37-44. Latinus was formerly king of the country, and had one daughter, for whose hand Turnus was a suitor, favoured by her mother Amata, 44-57. The marriage, however, was opposed by various evil portents, 57-80. Latinus consults the oracle of Faunus at Albunea, of which the precise locality is disputed, and is warned that he must give his daughter in marriage to a stranger, 81-101. This response was well known in Latium when Aeneas arrived, 102-106. Aeneas and his chiefs going on shore and feasting, eat the bread which Iulus sportively calls their tables, and thus the dreadful prophecy of the Harpies (A. 3, 255, &c.) is explained away, 107-119. Overjoyed, Aeneas proclaims a solemn festival in honour of the gods, their distinct place of settlement being now ascertained, 120-147. Next day, after partially exploring the Tiber, and the adjoining Numicius, Aeneas sends deputies to Laurentum (see A. 6, 891), where they find the youth engaged in various sports, 148-165. Latinus admits the Trojans to an interview, and proffers them hospitable shelter, 166-211. Informed that they want a settlement and peace, Latinus deems that Aeneas is the stranger referred to by the oracle, offers him his daughter in marriage, and dismisses the deputies with costly presents, 212-285. Juno, flying through the heavens, sees that the Trojans have deserted the ships, and determines, if she cannot prevent their ultimate success, to retard it by war, 286-322. She summons from the lower world the Fury Allecto,

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