Colonial endeavors have been a part of empires throughout history. Within those endeavors, the conquering empires have written discourse and narratives of peoples they have conquered and lands they have captured. The Aeneid is one of those narratives. This project examines specifically the portrayal of Carthage in juxtaposition to Aeneas and the Trojans, the founders of Rome. It investigates how Virgil constructs Carthage as the “other,” with Trojan and Roman identity as a “core” identity as opposed to the Carthaginian as periphery. With close analysis of the Latin and my own translations, I hold the tropes and rhetoric up to post-colonial discourse to compare and contrast. Much of the theoretical framework is from works written and compiled by Homi Bhabha, Anne McClintock, and Anthony Smith. My conclusions reflected my original thoughts: the Aeneid reflects broad, general concepts found in colonial discourse, creating Carthage as distinctly “other” through mortal interactions, depictions of landscape, and divine interactions.


Shaya, Josephine


Classical Studies


Classical Literature and Philology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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