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Lavinʹia

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Daughter of Latiʹnus, betrothed to Turnus, King of the Rutuli. When Ænēs landed in Italy, Latinus made an alliance with the Trojan hero, and promised to give him Lavinʹia to wife. This brought on a war between Turnus and Ænēas, which was decided by single combat, in which Ænēas was victor. (Virgil Æneid.)

Lavinia. The daughter of Titus Andronʹicus, bride of Bassiaʹnus, brother of the Emperor of Rome. Being grossly abused by Chiron and Demetrius, sons of Tamʹora, Queen of the Goths, the savage wantons cut off her hands and pluck out her tongue, that she may not reveal their names. Lavinia, guiding a stick with her stumps, makes her tale known to her father and brothers; whereupon Titus murders the two Moorish princes and serves their heads in a pasty to their mother, whom he afterwards slays, together with the Emperor Saturniʹnus her husband. (Titus Andronʹicus, a play published with those of Shakespeare.)

In the play the word is accented Andronʹicus not Androniʹcus.

Lavinia. Italy; so called from Lavinia, daughter of Latiʹnus and wife of Ænēas. Ænēas built a town which he called Lavinʹium, capital of Laʹtium.


“From the rich Lavinian shore

I your market come to store.”


A well-known Glee

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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