Golden Bough (Myths and Legends of the World)
In Roman mythology, the Golden Bough was a tree branch with golden leaves that enabled the Trojan hero to travel through the underworldland of the dead safely. The bough was said to be sacred to Proserpina (Persephone), the queen of the underworld, and was associated with the goddess .
The story of Aeneas and the Golden Bough is found in the Aeneid, the epiclong poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style by the Roman poet Virgil. According to this tale, the spirit of Anchises, Aeneas's dead father, appears and tells Aeneas to visit the underworld, where he will learn what the future holds in store for people. First, however, Aeneas must find the known as the Sibyl of Cumae, who will lead him to the land of the dead.
Aeneas locates the oracle, who informs him that he cannot pass through the underworld safely without the Golden Bough. When Aeneas enters the forest to look for the sacred branch, two doves lead him to an oak tree that shelters the bough of shimmering
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