I need a summary of Vergil's Aeneid. Please, help me.

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After the fall of Troy, Aeneas, his father, and a handful of survivors sail away in the hope of establishing a new city.

Eventually, the hatred of the goddess Juno for the Trojans leads to a shipwreck that causes Aeneas to be washed ashore in Dido's kingdom of Carthage.

Not to be outdone, goddess Venus causes Dido to fall in love with Aeneas and for some time the two dally in love in Carthage.

Enraptured by love, Aeneas is reminded by the gods of his destiny to found Rome and they urge him to leave Dido, who kills herself out of grief and anger.

Impelled by the gods and destiny to Italy, Aeneas goes to the underworld to learn what he must do to found the Roman race.

Death, the terrible death of a new ally, Pallas, leads Aeneas to a final showdown with Turnus, whom Aeneas kills in revenge for Turnus' killing of Pallas.

conilius | Student

the Aeneid is a [oem based on the legends of the foundtion of rome. book 1, you find aeneas leaving Troy after it had been captured by the greeks. book 2,  Aeneas reaches the coast of Carthage and retells the story of the fall of troy to Dido. book 3, Aeneas continues with the narration. book 4, is my best part of the poem, The love affair btween Aeneas and Dido. that' as far as i have read the poem