In Virgil's Aeneid, what gift does Latinus want to present to the Trojans?
In the seventh book of Virgil's Aeneid, the hero finally arrives on Italian soil. Here, Aeneas and his comrades meet Latinus, who is the king of Ausonia and the father of Lavinia, the woman whom Aeneas is destined to marry.
Latinus has heard a prophecy that he is supposed to marry his daughter to a foreign hero, so he is interested in making peace with Aeneas and the Trojans when they arrive in his land.
After meeting with Aeneas' ambassadors, Latinus creates a bond of peace with the Trojans and "seals the deal" by giving them 300 horses decked out in purple and gold. For Aeneas, Latinus sends a chariot and two fire-breathing horses. These horses were
bastards of that breed of her father’s, the Sun, that cunning
Circe had produced, by mating them with a mortal mare. (A.S. Kline translation)
This last detail is rather interesting because Aeneas himself was the product of a divine mother, but a mortal father. The intermingling of divine and mortal might also parallel the union between Trojan Aeneas and Ausonian Lavinia.