The Helen Episode in Aeneid 2: Between Authorial Poetry and Anonymity
It is suggested that in the debates about the authenticity of the so-called 'Helen Episode' in Aeneid 2 (Verg. Aen. 2.567-88), the stronger points of both the defenders of the authenticity of the episode and the scholars who treat it as a late interpolation are reconcilable if we imagine that the episode was added in the first edition of the poem by L. Varius Rufus who was the editor to fill an obvious lacuna. This scenario implies an interesting combination of a self-consciously anonymised approach and elements of authorial poetry, which might account for some of the problems connected with the text.