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Who inhabit the Fields of Mourning in Virgil's "Aeneid"? 

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Posted June 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM via web

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Who inhabit the Fields of Mourning in Virgil's "Aeneid"? 

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 1, 2008 at 3:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Those individuals who have died because of love inhabit the Fields of Mourning.

Dido, who fell in love with Aeneas and killed herself when he left her to countinue on his journey lives there, as do Procris, Eriphyle, Pasiphae, Paedra, Laodamia, Evadne, and Caeneus.  Each of these characters suffer eternally from love unrequited or otherwise gone wrong.  Eriphyle's torment is caused by her son, while Pasiphae and Phaedra were an incestuous couple.  Caeneus was a woman first, and then a man, and then a woman again when she died.

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