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Virgil Murder





A small corrigendum concerning the death of Lausus, pierced by the sword of Aeneas (Aen. 10):

I happened to write that the young man is struck from behind: http://www.virgilmurder.org/images/pdf/tear.pdf, p. 5-9; http://www.virgilmurder.org/images/pdf/turnusengl.pdf, p. 10-11. Actually, we should compare the case of the hapless Halaesus who is struck while protecting Imaon with his shield: dum texit Imaona Halaesus, / Arcadio infelix telo dat pectus inermum, 424-25. Pierce through and through the defenseless body, “and even the shield” (et parmam, 817) of a son who is protecting the retreat of his wounded father, that is the glorious feat of "pious Aeneas"!

You can find on this site (“New Analyses”) many examples of Virgil’s secret hostility against his alleged hero.



Today online, the last update of the list of interpolations (to Catullus, Vergilius, Horatius, Tibullus, Propertius, Ovid, and even Lucretius) plausibly attributable to the emperor Augustus. Have a good reading! 



Today, Ides of April, is the anniversary of Maecenas’s birthday. Let’s wonder on this occasion why Virgil dedicated his Georgics to him, rather than to Octavian.



On this 2059th anniversary of Ovid’s birth, I invite you to discover, or rediscover, on this site the many original articles that reveal him as a master of cacozelia latens. A new Ovid, literally. See for instance Amor. 1.4-2.6, or Amor. 2.13-14.    



Today, 1 January 2017, the Old Man of the Sea joins me in wishing you a brilliant new year.



Today is the 2080th anniversary of Horace’s birth. Let’s rejoice. He was a great man, a great poet, and a master of cacozelia latens (see on http://www.espace-horace.org/jym/sommaire.htm , and on this site, at “More articles”).




Today we commemorate the 2025th anniversary of Horace’s death. Like Virgil, and even in collaboration with him, he fought heroically against autocracy, and paid it with his life : http://ww w.espace-horace.org/etud/maleuvre1.htm 



Today last update of "L'empereur Auguste, profanateur des Muses", with the addition of Aen. 12.213b-15, and a further note on Aen. 9.774-77.    






Let’s celebrate joyfully the 2085th anniversary of Virgil’s birth. He is the best poet, he will live forever. 


We commemorate today the  2034th anniversary of Virgil’s (programmed) death. Let’s not forget that each time we read the Aeneid according to the official interpretation, we  make ourselves unknowingly accomplices of his imperial murderer. 


On the occasion of the anniversary of Maecenas’ birth,let’s try to understand how Virgil conceived sponsorship. 


2016 is starting. May this new year bring health and good fortune to all of you. And may, thanks to you, Virgil’s Aeneid gain still more ground over Augustus’ Aeneid.

For information, you can now view the latest update of the list ofpoetic’ interpolations possibly imputable to the Emperor Augustus (adding Aen. 7.350a-51b, 386 and Aen 12.101-6; refining the analysis of Aen. 6.888-92). 


For information: you can now find on Amazon my two ebooks (kindle):

1) " Les lacs du Cygne ", an exciting incursion to the extraordinary realm of Virgil cacozelia.

2) "A l’équinoxe un sanglier… : Virgile assassinéwill make you relive from inside the heroic struggle that the so-called Augustan poets, Virgil first, fought against the hydra of despotism.   

Good reading to all of you! 


Today is the 2079th anniversary of Horace’s birth. His life was a constant struggle to preserve his dignity as a man and a poet against a tyrannical power.


Today we commemorate the 2024th anniversary of Horace’s death.

Death probably did not surprise him. He knew what to expect from a certain animal.


Augustus scales the mountain of the Muses. Musae furcillis  praecipitem eiciunt.

(about two recent commentaries on Propertius 4). 


On the occasion of the 2084th anniversary of Virgil’s birth, let’s rejoice. 


Emperor Augustus was born on September 23 of the year 63 BC. People glorify him for having loved and protected poets: actually, his love for them went so far that he had generously granted them, as he says himself (pp. 9-11, 14-16), "the right and permission to die". 


Today is the 2033d anniversary of Virgil’s death. He was killed by… Death. 


Today is Maecenas’ birthday. Let’s pay homage to the courageous protector of Virgil and Horace, these two soulmates.

I am glad to welcome the remarkable translation in French alexandrines (line for line) of the Aeneid by Olivier Sers (Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 2015).


Ovid was born on the 20th of March -43 (Tr. 4.10.13). Let’s celebrate.


I am glad to offer my very best wishes to all of you for this new year. By reading Virgil, you not only enrich your mind, purify your heart, elevate your soul and enjoy ‘the stateliest measure / ever moulded by the lips of man’ (A. Tennyson), but you can even have much fun.    

2014.12.08 Today is the 2078th  anniversary of Horace’s birth. Bibendum est… et ridendum. 


Exactly 2021 years ago, Horace died in suspicious circumstances



Today is a great day. Let’s celebrate joyfully the 2083d anniversary of Virgil’s birth.


On the occasion of the 2076th anniversary of Augustus’ birth, let’s not forget to applaud his  secret achievements as a “poet” (last update).  


On this 2032d anniversary of Virgil’s death, let’s read him again and again, he will always be new.

Actually, it is rather to the glorification of Emperor Augustus that we have assisted in this year 2014, which marks the two thousandth anniversary of his death. Woe to us! Not only do we still prefer dictators to poets, but we find dictators even more lovable when they murder poets. Light in the darkness, the recent publication (April 2014) of "L'ultima Eneide", a stunning novel written by L. Calcerano and L. Marano (Bonaccorso editore).

2014.03.20 (Springtime)

Today is the 2056th anniversary of Ovid’s birth. Let’s celebrate.


Happy new year to all of you. 2014 will remain a great date with the publication of the superb Virgil Encyclopedia edited by Richard F. Thomas and Jan M. Ziolkowski.

Today online an original example of the intimate cooperation between Virgil and Catullus (beyond the grave).

Your feedback is welcome.


We celebrate today the 2077th anniversary of Horace’s birth. Virgil was then 5 years 1 month and 23 days old.


Exactly 2020 years ago, Horace died suddenly:


Of a heart attack, may be?



Tibi or not tibi?

On the occasion of the 2082st anniversary of Vergil’s birthday.

Let’s celebrate!


Perhaps you are not so keen to celebrate the anniversary of Augustus’ birth (it’s today), but what about judging (again) his performance as a forger (Aen. I2, 219-21 and Ov., F. 1. 551-52)?

Have a good reading! (p. 33-34 and 37-38).


Today is the 2031th anniversary of Virgil’s death.

A murder can remain hidden for two thousand years. See Aeneas’ tears” online today.


Today is the 2112th anniversary of Caesar’s birth. Is it not a good opportunity to celebrate Catullus? Today online:

Catullus challenges Caesar.


Today we celebrate the 2055th anniversary of Ovid’s birth. He was born in -43, the same year that Cicero was murdered. He too was a champion of freedom, and (as Horace says of himself: Sat. 2.1.39-41) his stylus was worth a sword. See an example. Your feedback is welcome.


Today online an Addendum to Calabri rapuere again. Have a good reading!


Happy 2013 to all of you!

Good news: Aleta Alekbarova’s article about the enigmatic Durmius’ aureus is apparently gaining new resonance: see Joe Geranio on http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio-claudians/8163827946/


The article entitled “L’empereur Auguste, profanateur des Muses” (a list of his interpolations) has been updated today to incorporate the latest studies published on virgilmurder. Have a fruitful reading!


Augustus settles accounts in the Satires (continued). Happy reading to you all!

And let’s not forget to celebrate fittingly the 2076th anniversary of Horace’s birth.



2019 years ago, Horace joined Virgil to the Elysian Fields. Was he also a victim, of Mors personified (in the words of Domitius Marsus)? The question should perhaps be asked:
In any case, his death left the master of Rome free rein to settle some personal accounts. Today online
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