This essay examines the relationship between the conclusions of Virgil’s Aeneid and the Thebaid of Statius. Its argument centers on the later poet’s elimination of eroticism and emphasis on clementia. Virgil’s Dido and Pallas are replaced by Parthenopaeus, and private violence yields to universal mourning. In conclusion I propose a linkage between Parthenopaeus, Parthenope, and the two poets, each with special connections to the Siren’s city.

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