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Silvius, casu quodam in silvis natus, is called by Livy the son of Ascanius. The story followed by Virgil ( Aen.VI. 760-6) and Ovid (Fast. iv. 41) makes him son of Aeneas by Lavinia. His birth in the woods happened during Lavinia's flight from the hostility of Ascanius, who consequently retires to Alba. The accession of Silvius to the throne of Alba was explained either by a reconciliation of the half brothers, or by the supersession of Iulus, who is in one account son of Ascanius, by the decision of the people, to whom the question of succession was referred. The name was borne as a surname by the succeeding Alban kings, Liv.i. IV. 8.Ovid omits, as in Fast. iv., Aeneas Silvius, who in Livy precedes Latinus Silvius, and is mentioned in a different order by Virgil ( Aen.VI. 769).
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