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Title: Camilla e Ippolita, ovvero un paradosso e il suo rovescio
Authors: Fucecchi, Marco
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: EUT - Edizioni Università di Trieste
Series/Report no.: CentoPagine. Rivista elettronica internazionale che raccoglie i contributi resi nei Seminari sulla continuità dell'antico
1 (2007)
Virgil introduces the character of Camilla at the end of the catalog of heroes in Book VII of the Aeneid
(vv. 803-817): this choice sets in motion a real trend in post-Virgilian epic (ex. Ov. met. VIII 324 ff.; Val. Fl
V 610 ff.). The figure of Hippolyta in the twelfth book of the Thebaid of Statius, placed at the end of the
procession of female prisoners of war, represents a signaling point which is, so as to say, the opposite of the
extraordinary final appearance of Camilla: if Camilla represented a new model of a young warrior true to its
code of heroic values and virginity, Hippolyta, defeated and disarmed, is the emblem of the Amazon who has
abandoned her nature in order to dive into the new reality of wife and mother.
pp. 8-17
Type: Article
ISSN: 1974-0395
Appears in Collections:CentoPagine 2007

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