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date: 16 October 2019

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The Ilias Latina is a short poem composed in Latin hexameter that retells Homer’s Iliad. It is generally attributed to Baebius Italicus and dated to c. 54–65 ce. The analysis of the poem reveals how the Homeric Iliadic material has been reimagined to fit Roman, post-Virgilian and Neronian sensibilities, and to showcase the human emotions underlying the Trojan War.

Keywords: Ilias Latina, Homer, Iliad, Nero, Roman epic, Aeneas, Virgil, Paris, epitome, Baebius Italicus, Trojan war

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