‘Homerus noemt mij niet’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0165-8204
  • E-ISSN: 2667-1573



This article examines the Achaemenides episode in the third book of Virgil’s (3.588-691). It explores the intratextual connections with the Sinon episode in the second book and especially Virgil’s highly creative ‘rewriting’ of the Cyclops episode in the (9.106-566). Particular attention is paid to the ways in which the Virgilian text metapoetically signals its intertextual engagement with the . An intermezzo scrutinizes Achaemenides’ speaking name, arguing that it alludes to verbal and visual representations of Parthian suppliants in Augustan discourse. The article concludes with an analysis of a Dutch poem, by Willem Jan Otten, in which the ’s creative response to the is thematised and given new meaning.


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