altus does not refer to the physical size of a human being. It means 'high' or 'in a high position'.But what goes then altior with? Is it 'quite a big Aeneas'?
Does this passage says that Aeneas was physically tall? Does Virgil ever mention something like that?
I think it's the latter interpretation.Nunc te, quam primum aurora rubebit
crastina, sublimem Rutulorum ad moenia mittam.
Could be sublimem be translated as celebrated? Or is it meant that they raised hima and carried him to the walls? The context is Aeneas talking to Iulus, saying that finally that day came when the distress is over. and this is a last sentence of the speech.
Hm, I always thought that in english the word high means the same as tall.altus does not refer to the physical size of a human being. It means 'high' or 'in a high position'.
I would take it to be some kind of pleonasm that goes together with superemineo.
"the same Aeneas, higher (than everyone else), overtops everyone else"
It can't mean "taller"? Do you mean in this context or in general?altior (like 'higher') means that he is in a higher position or rank than others, but it cannot mean that he has more body size (like 'taller').
Maybe you can also take it in the sense of 'greater' or 'nobler'...
I would have said that altus should generally be used like 'high' (or 'deep') in English ... the passage you quoted seems to be more of an exception to me, but even there ... when I read it, I also took altior to mean 'in a higher position' ... at least seemingly so (i.e. when you look at the scene from the outside) because her head stuck out of the group of nymphs that surrounded her.It can't mean "taller"? Do you mean in this context or in general?
Because L&S has an instance of altior meaning "taller":
altior illis Ipsa dea est colloque tenus supereminet omnes, taller Ov. M. 3, 181