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Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:36 AM via web

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  In what way does virgil celebrate the roman ideal of devotion to duty in the Aeneid? 

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tiaraton | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Aeneas, particularly in the 2nd half of the epic poem, becames pietas (or piety) personified.  He has been commissioned by Jupiter to found a new Troy as it lay in ruins after 10 years of warfare with Greece.  After many trials and tribulations, the protagonist is washed ashore in Carthage where he becomes the queen's lover.  To Queen Dido, this means they are married, but to Aeneas, once reminded by the god Mercury of his duty both to the founding of a new Troy and his son's future, flees though it means the end of their relationship.  Dido thought the two kingdoms could unite in Carthage.  This was not Aeneas' calling.  Once in Italy, he faces the wrath of Turnus and the Latins.  Although favored by the king, Latinus, he must deal with a nation set ablaze with fury toward him by the goddess Juno's meddling.  Juno had an axe to grind with the Trojans ever since she was snubbed by Paris in a beauty contest.  Against gods, scorned lovers, and enraged warriors, Aeneas persists and defeats opposition to found the new Troy which would become Rome.  

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