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Son of Lavinia [2] and Aeneas [1] (Verg. Aen. 6,760-766), who at the time of S.' birth is very old (ibid. 6,763-764) or already dead (Gell. NA 2,16,3-10). Lavinia has to flee from Ascanius (Iulus) into the woods. There S. is born and raised by shepherds. After the death of Ascanius, S. prevails in a popular vote against Ascanius' son Iulus and becomes king of Alba Longa (Diod. Sic. 7,5,8; Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 1,70,1-3; Origo gentis Romanae 17,4). The birth in the forest is also mentioned in Verg. Aen. 6,765; Liv. 1,3,6; Ov. Fast. 4,41. The sheph…

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Junk, Tim (Kiel), “Silvius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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