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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Subject: Re: (urth) some Latro thoughts
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2003 15:29:23 +1000

Don wrote:

> Howdy
> Earlier last month or the month before a few people were speculating
> that Latro might be a Tarquin.  If that's the case wouldn't that make
> him a descendant of Aeneas?  A lot is made of the Trojan War in these
> books.  There is that story of Achilles' ghost's revenge.  It also
> occurs to me that during the wrestling match we have the ghost of
> Odysseus, the ghost of Achilles, and perhaps the representative of
> Aeneas in Latro.  Maybe I'm just grasping but I can't help trying to
> make connections.  What could his lineage mean to the story and to his
> troubles?
> Don

Were the Tarquins descended from Aeneas? I thought they were supposed to be
descendants of . But if they were, it would make
Latro's tryst with Aphrodite a little more outre, since she was Aeneas'

On a tangent, there is an enigmatic claim by the Mother-as-Sphinx somewhere
towards the end: I am your mother, and your mother's mother. How does that
fit mythologically? (Biologically, we've got problems.)  If Latro is an
avatar of Aeneas, then she seems to be claiming to be both Aphrodite and the
Ocean. If Latro is an avatar of Areas, then it's Hera and Rhea. Neither
possibility does very much for me, but I guess it means *something*.


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