In this paper I consider Ursula Le Guin’s characterization of Lavinia in her novel Lavinia, a free rendition of Virgil’s last six books of the Aeneid. Virgil’s description of Lavinia’s blush (A. 12.54-80) and performance of religious duties (A. 7.71-72) will be presented as crucial passages which display the novelist’s reflection on the dynamics of the original scenes and on peculiar verbs, nouns, and adjectives, which in turn have been the focus of the attention of insightful interpreters of Virgil such as Lyne, Johnson, Dyson, and Putnam.

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