Cesare nella Troade: l’impossibile rinascita del passato

  • Paolo Esposito Università di Salerno
Keywords: Lucan, Caesar, historical memory, poetic glory, Aeneid


Caesar’s visit to the ruins of ancient Troy in Lucan’s Bellum Civile book IX is an invented story which deals with important metaliterary themes such as poetic fama and the poetry’s eternalizing function. Lucan’s narrative also reveals the instrumental nature of Caesarean and Augustan propaganda: the Neronian poet highlights some contradictions of the Aeneid, showing the failure of the political project celebrated by Vergil.