Altar, sacrifice, and prophecy : the children of Priam in Books 2 and 3 of Vergil's Aeneid
Semper, Christopher Monte
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During the course of events in Books 2 and 3 of the Aeneid, Aeneas encounters six of the children of Priam. Each encounter contributes to Aeneas’ growth as leader of the Trojans. The episodes offer Aeneas motivational and prophetic messages. Aeneas employs the language of religion and sacrifice to describe each of these episodes. This study of the encounters between Aeneas and the children of Priam reveals the similarities between the scenes and their recurring themes of religion, sacrifice, and prophecy.