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In recent years, considerable scholarly attention has been devoted to investigating the influence of Lucretius’ De rerum natura on Vergil. At the same time, the Aeneid has become a central text for the study of the presentation of the emotions in Latin poetry. The author attempts to bring together these two trends in Vergilian scholarship by trying to see if the depiction of emotions in Vergilian epic owes anything to Lucretian precedent. He focuses on the term animus and its use in the opening scenes of the Aeneid. It is an important word in both epics, but it is also notoriously hard to translate accurately. La question de l’influence de la De rerum natura de Lucrèce sur Virgile a depuis quelques années occupé une place importante dans les recherches sur le poète de Mantoue. Parallèlement, l’Enéide est devenu un texte central pour les recherches sur la représentation des émotions dans la poésie latine. Cet article tente, à partir de ces deux approches, de voir si la description des émotions chez Virgile a subi l’influence de Lucrèce. L’emploi du mot ‘animus’ et ses différents emplois au début du premier livre de l’Enéide seront au centre de cette étude. Il s’agit là d’un mot qui, s’il est très important dans les deux épopées, est aussi notoirement très difficile à traduire avec précision.
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