AP Latin : References to Rome in Vergil

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Example Question #56 : Vergil

Sic pater Anchises, atque haec mirantibus addit:
'aspice, ut insignis spoliis Marcellus opimis               
ingreditur victorque viros supereminet omnis.
hic rem Romanam magno turbante tumultu
sistet eques, sternet Poenos Gallumque rebellem,          5
tertiaque arma patri suspendet capta Quirino.'
atque hic Aeneas (una namque ire videbat               
egregium forma iuvenem et fulgentibus armis,
sed frons laeta parum et deiecto lumina vultu)
'quis, pater, ille, virum qui sic comitatur euntem?           10
filius, anne aliquis magna de stirpe nepotum?
qui strepitus circa comitum! quantum instar in ipso!  

The word "Quirino" in line 6 is a reference to __________.

Possible Answers:

Augustus

the line of Julio-Claudians

Julius Caesar

Romulus

Correct answer:

Romulus

Explanation:

After his death, the founder of Rome, Romulus, became associated with the god Quirinus. This is why he is referred to as father here, because Romulus was the father of Rome. 

(Passage adapted from the Aeneid by Vergil, 6.854-865)

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