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Both Vergil and Ovid imbedded underlying meanings in their epics The Aeneid and Metamorphoses In this paper I will focus on the underlying meaning in the Underworld scene in Vergils The Aeneid lines 356 through 1199 I will also focus on three scenes in Ovids Metamorphoses Both epics contain a larger message about the importance of the Roman past for its present and future under Augustus The story of Aeneas in the Underworld can be interpreted as a brilliant rendition of the story of Romes past present and future When Aeneas descends into the Underworld he is escorted by the Sibyl lines 347 - 349 This gives the readers a clue that what is to happen in the upcoming text is a foretelling of Roman future because the Sibyl was a prophetess Course Packet p16 As Aeneas enters the Underworld he sees numerous horrible sights Grief Disease Old Age Fear Hunger and several others Lines 356 - 379 These unsettling and dark words bring difficult images to the readers mind These lines foretell that there will be difficulties while Rome is in its infancy through phrases like lonely night and phantom kingdom Rome did indeed have difficulties in its infancy in the 7th and 6th centuries BCE it was ruled by Etruscan kings and was only a little hill town Short Histories p20 Lines 390 through 549 in The Aeneid deal with the crossing of the River Styx This represents a great transition period in Rome It symbolizes the founding of the Republic The multitude of rushing and swarming people Line 402 represents those that suffered the internal turmoil in the early stages of the Republic Short Histories p21 When Aeneas mentions and by what rule must some keep off the bank Lines 419 - 421 he may symbolically be referring to the Struggle of the Orders that the early Republic experienced Short
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