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  1. Trees and Family Trees in the Aeneid.Emily Gowers - 2011 - Classical Antiquity 30 (1):87-118.
    Tree-chopping in the Aeneid has long been seen as a disturbingly violent symbol of the Trojans' colonization of Italy. The paper proposes a new reading of the poem which sees Aeneas as progressive extirpator not just of foreign rivals but also of his own Trojan relatives. Although the Romans had no family “trees” as such, their genealogical stemmata had “branches” and “stock”, and their vocabulary of family relationships takes many of its metaphors from planting, adoption, and uprooting, while plant life (...)
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