THE STARS AS A THEME IN THE AENEID

A. D. Botha

Abstract


If we take "stars" in its widest astronomical sense to denote unnamed points of light in
the sky, unspecified constellations or patterns of light, and celestial bodies like comets
or meteors, and then incorporate the singular of these concepts, we compute a total of
85 references to the stars in the Aeneid. Twenty are to stars or constellations, astra, 50
are to groups of stars or constellations, sidera, seven are to a single star or
constellation, sidus, six are to clusters of stars outside constellations, stellae, one is to
one such star, stella, and one is to comets, cometae.t

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/36-1-2-930

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