Tuesday, August 17, 2021


The Likeness of Children to Parents

Vergil, Aeneid 4.327-330 (Dido to Aeneas; tr. J.W. Mackail):
At least if before thy flight a child of thine had been clasped in my arms, if a tiny Aeneas were playing in my hall, whose face might yet image thine, I would not think myself ensnared and deserted utterly.

saltem si qua mihi de te suscepta fuisset
ante fugam suboles, si quis mihi parvulus aula
luderet Aeneas, qui te tamen ore referret,
non equidem omnino capta ac deserta viderer.
Arthur Stanley Pease, commentary on line 329:
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