VENUS NEFANDA: DIDO AND PASIPHAE IN VERGIL'S AENEID

D. Pike

Abstract


In Book 6 of the Aeneid the hero, before entering the Underworld!, undergoes several
preliminary, more or less "initiatory" experiences. One of these is his examination of the
scenes depicted on the doors of the temple of Apollo at Cumae (allegedly built by
Daedalus: Aen. 6.18-19). On these doors Daedalus had depicted events from his own
experiences on Crete, including (most importantly for this paper) the passion of Queen
Pasiphae for the bull of Minos, the monstrous hybrid offspring of that union (the
Minotaur), and the intricate Labyrinth (inextricabi/is error, 6.27) in which the Minotaur
was kept hidden.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/38-3-4-532

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