Sympathetic Magic, Human Sacrifice, and Dido’s Rituals in Book IV of the Aeneid

Here’s a brief talk entitled “Regina Magica: ‘Sympathetic Magic,’ the φαρμακός motif, and Dido’s Rituals in Book IV of the Aeneid” in defense of the ‘magical’ character of Dido’s suicide.


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DeWitt, Norman Wentworth. The Dido Episode in the Aeneid of Vergil. Toronto: William Briggs, 1907.

Dubois, Page. “The φαρμακός of Vergil: Dido as Scapegoat.” Vergilius, 1976: 14-23.

Frazer, James G. Adonis Attis Osiris: Studies in the History of Oriental Religion. New York: MacMillan and Co., 1906.

Frazer, James George. The Golden Bough. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Goud, T. E., and J. C. Yardley. “Dido’s Burning Effigy: Aeneid 4.508.” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie, Neue Folge, 131, 1988: 386-388.

Knight, W. F. J. Roman Vergil, 2nd Edition. London: Faber and Faber, 1944.

Pharr, Clyde. Vergil’s Aeneid Books I-VI. Wauconda: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1998.

Segal, Charles. Dionysiac Poetics and Euripides’ Bacchae. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982.

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  1. Catherine Martin October 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Dan: I like your paper on Dido and I wanted to refer others to it. I teach AP Latin and your paper is something that is accessible enough that I could use with students, but scholarly enough to be a good example for them. There used to be a version of the full paper online somewhere, but now all that I can find is the lecture. Can you give me a link to the non-lecture version? Thank you!



  2. Great blogg you have here



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