Christopher Marlowe: The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage

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  • Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University)

Marlowe may well have written Dido, Queen of Carthage while still a student at Cambridge, circa 1580-84, although it was first published in 1594. It certainly shares with his other student work, which consisted primarily of translations from Ovid and perhaps from Lucan, a strongly marked dependency on its source—in this case Virgil's Aeneid—and indeed follows it so closely in some places that it does take on much of the character of a translation. It thus tells very much the same story as was already well-known. Aeneas is the son of the Trojan Anchises and the goddess Venus. Together with his wife Creusa, his son Ascanius, and his old father Anchises, he lives in Troy during the period of its ten-year siege by the G…

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Hopkins, Lisa. "The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 January 2001
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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