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In Virgil's Aeneid, why does Aeneas end up in Carthrage?

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As your question implies, the reasons for Aeneas's stay in Carthage, about a year, are not readily apparent and require us to explore the possibilities for this relatively long diversion from Aeneas's goal of reaching Italy.

Part of the answer lies in the circumstances surrounding the voyage of Aeneas and his followers after the fall of Troy. Because Aeneas is part of King Priam's extended family and fights for Troy against the Greeks, his very existence is an affront to Juno, Queen of the Gods, who creates havoc on the sea to prevent Aeneas from achieving his destiny, which is to establish what will become the Roman civilization in Italy. Virgil makes Juno's anger at Aeneas the center of the poem's opening lines:

Muse, tell me the cause: how was she offended ... how was she grieved, the Queen of Heaven, to drive a man, noted for virtue, to endure such dangers, to face so many trials?

Juno, in essence, hates Trojans, a hatred that goes as far back as Paris's judgment that among Aphrodite...

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