The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Research Article

The Reconciliations of Juno*

D. C. Feeneya1

a1 Magdalene College, Cambridge

The reconciliation between Juno and Jupiter at the end of the Aeneid (12. 791–842) forms the cap to the divine action of the poem. The scene is conventionally regarded as the resolution of the heavenly discord that has prevailed since the first book; in particular, it is normal to see here a definitive transformation of Juno, as she abandons, her enmity once and for all, committing herself wholeheartedly to the Roman cause. So G. Lieberg, for example: ‘I due emisferi di Giove e di Giunone alia fine del poema si ricongiungono nella totalita del mondo divino, garante del glorioso futuro di Roma’ or W. Kiihn: ‘In einem strahlenden, vollen Schlussakkord endet das Gottergesprach.’


* For their help and criticism I thank Professor R. G. M. Nisbet and Dr N. Horsfall; also my colleagues in the Society of Fellows, Professor Herbert Bloch, N. Krevans, and Richard Garner; together with the participants in Professor Richard F. Thomas's seminar at Harvard University, who heard a draft of this paper in February 1983.

I refer to the following books by author's name only: V. Buchheit, Vergil über die Sendung Roms (Gymnasium Beiheft 3, Heidelberg, 1963); R. Häussler, Studien zum historischen Epos der Antike (Heidelberg, 1. Teil 1976, 2. Teil 1978); W. Kühn, Götterszenen bei Vergil (Heidelberg, 1971); J. Vahlen, Ennianae Poesis Reliquae3 (Leipzig, 1928).