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His response is one of anger, and it seems that it is this rage that explains his temporary inability to speak.

violentia: violencevehemenceimpetuosityferocity. The word suggests not just the ability to inflict physical or verbal violence but also an inability to control his temper.

He believes that his goddess mother, Venus, protects him in battle.

She makes an emotional appeal, with tears, not to fight, and she stresses the family ties to herself and Latinus (even though Turnus and Lavina are not married, nor will they be).

She threatens suicide to force his compliance.


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