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Arma (of the arms) virumque (and the man) cano (I sing) ab (from)Troiae (Trojan) oris (shores) qui (who) primus (first) ... Note that you need to look at the gender, number and case of all...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2012, 8:32 pm (UTC)

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The two major themes/topics are reported in the very first line of the Aeneid (arma virumque): Arma = arms/weapons = Trojan War virum = man = AeneasThe Trojan War reflects the role of the gods in...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2008, 5:34 am (UTC)

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Dido, queen of Carthage, loves and lusts for Aeneas in a way he cannot reciprocate. Dido has been pierced by Cupid's dart so that she will love and protect Aeneas, a man Jupiter has destined to...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019, 12:28 am (UTC)

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In this lengthy epic that includes love stories and wars, a wide variety of conflicts can be found. As the story centers on Aeneas, he is involved in most of the major conflicts. Some of those are...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2020, 4:34 am (UTC)

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Virgil opens Book 1 of the Aeneid by introducing his hero (though, like Odysseus, unnamed for many lines) and asking for the reasons why Juno, the queen of the gods, drove the man into so many...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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Aeneas was a Trojan prince, a warrior and a hero in The Aeneid, which best captured his story and mission. After the fall of Troy, the gods asked Aeneas to flee from Troy. He was to gather some of...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016, 10:59 am (UTC)

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There can be little doubt that Aeneas fulfills all of the criteria for an ancient hero. Strong, intelligent, wise, and utterly devoted to duty, Aeneas is the epitome of what a hero looks like, or...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020, 11:09 am (UTC)

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Dido's sister Anna is a relatively minor character in the Aeneid, but she plays a crucial role. If it were not for her, it is possible that Dido, the queen of Carthage, would not have formed an...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2018, 12:56 am (UTC)

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Achilles is the focal point of Homer's Iliad, written in Greek in the latter half of the eighth century B.C.E. Seven centuries later, Virgil, writing in Latin, composed the Aeneid, whose...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Ancient epics such as Virgil's Aeneid offer a couple of ways of looking at these seminal relationships. On a simple and realistic level, Dido is infatuated with Aeneas. In Greece, the goddess Ate...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 10:52 pm (UTC)

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The tones of the two works could not be more different. The Odyssey takes place in the wake of Greek victory and is told from the perspective of Greek characters. Odysseus has tasted victory, but...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020, 1:35 am (UTC)

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The myths of the ancient Greek and Roman gods portray them as powerful but petty. They meddle in human affairs and interact with one another like members of a particularly dysfunctional family:...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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The Aeneid is an epic poem written by Publius Vergilius Maro, often referred to as Virgil. In this epic poem, Virgil tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan, who had to flee his home as a result of the...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 7:20 am (UTC)

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As king of all the other gods, Jupiter has much power in the Aeneid, both in his ability to sway their wills and to take action in human affairs whenever he sees fit. Jupiter's ability to affect...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Fate is everything in The Aeneid. In writing his epic, mythologized account of Rome's origins, Virgil wanted to convey the message that Rome's rise to greatness and world domination was by no means...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018, 7:15 am (UTC)

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The Aeneid is mostly myth. During the Age of Augustus, Virgil was asked to create the story of Rome's founding. It is important to note that there is another story about the founding of Rome...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2016, 12:29 pm (UTC)

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The difference in cultural values between Homer's Greece and Virgil's Rome can be evaluated through a study of Achilles and Aeneas. Both are sons of goddesses, both are involved in the great Trojan...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2019, 2:51 pm (UTC)

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Technically, Aeneas himself is responsible for Dido's suicide, as his abrupt departure from Carthage in Book IV drives the queen to despair. However, as the previous educator has noted, the true...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018, 8:29 am (UTC)

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In Book VI, the journey to the underworld provides much in way of meaning and purpose for Aeneas. It is a reflection of what Dante would in his work in terms of being immersed in the midst of a...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2014, 1:03 am (UTC)

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Aeneas is certainly justified in killing Turnus, and is fated to do so. The only complication lies in his motivation, which, in the eyes of Roman readers, might not have provided him with...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2020, 7:07 am (UTC)

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Snake imagery is also much in evidence in The Aeneid. At various points in the poem, it's associated with chaos and destruction. During the fall of Troy, for example, the sea god Neptune sends a...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019, 5:40 am (UTC)

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In the Aeneid, the hero of the Trojan War embarks on a seven-year sea voyage in search of a new city, which is eventually Rome. The poem begins with an expected invocation to the Muses that Virgil...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020, 2:12 pm (UTC)

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It's difficult to apportion responsibility for anything that happens in the Aeneid. This is because the action of the story represents the unfolding of fate decided in advance by the gods. Dido has...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017, 8:45 am (UTC)

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Virgil, like Homer, gives his characters epithets, which often precede their names. Achates is always faithful, and Aeneas is always pious, even when he is not obviously displaying this particular...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020, 3:57 am (UTC)

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A simile is a comparison for effect using “like” or “as,” while a metaphor is a direct comparison. In the Aeneid, Virgil often uses the epic simile, or extended comparison over several lines. While...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020, 5:53 pm (UTC)

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Book 2 of Virgil's epic poem Aeneid contains the famous story of the Trojan horse, as well as the story of the death of Priam, the King of Troy. Dido, Queen of Carthage, asks Aeneas to tell the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2020, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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In my view all of these elements are brought together in the core message of the poem: the destiny of Rome as leader of the world. Whether Virgil actually believed in the religion of Greco-Roman...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 2:08 am (UTC)

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Aeneid by Virgil (79-19 B.C.) is an epic poem. There are very few works of literature that qualify as that genre and the criteria are all derived by way of the Aeneid from the traditional epics of...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020, 5:30 pm (UTC)

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Aeneas' ultimate destiny is the foundation of Rome, not directly by himself but through his descendants. Aeneas' role is to lead a band of refugees from the doomed city of Troy to a new homeland...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2008, 5:59 pm (UTC)

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This is a great question. There are many deeds that Aeneas has done and obstacles that he has overcome to be the hero of the epic poem. In light of this, let me name a few of them. First, in the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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In Virgil's Aeneid, Turnus is the antagonist to Aeneas. Turnus is a Rutulian prince who violently opposes the Trojan settlement in his region of Latium. He is also a passionate fellow who is madly...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2021, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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One reason Virgil doesn't call Ulysses, the Latin version of the Greek name Odysseus, a hero is because Ulysses is the Greek king of Ithaca, part of the Danaan people and part of the armies that...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2010, 5:20 am (UTC)

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Throughout this text, Aeneas is presented as primarily a character who is defined by his piety. This is the reason why he was selected to survive the siege of Troy and to found Rome, becoming the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2013, 8:50 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2008, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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If you decided to look hard, you could find all of these in the Aeneid. One of the most obvious is the epic hero, in this case Aeneas. He doesn't fit some of the classical definitions of the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2010, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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One of the most important aspects of Aeneas's heroism, is, perhaps surprisingly, his compassion. This is definitely a parallel between Aeneas and Christ. Consider, for example, his compassion for...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2014, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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There are, of course, many literary devices employed in the epic. Here are a few to consider:Similies: Similies compare two similar things, often using "like" or "as". The...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2008, 6:54 am (UTC)

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Aeneas is about to lead the Trojans to war against their mortal enemies, the Rutuli, led by their legendary king, Turnus. The stakes are high in this epic conflict; nothing less than the future of...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020, 1:57 pm (UTC)

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Love and duty are at odds in Book IV, and this is shown in the love Dido feels for Aeneas and the responsibility Aeneas feels for resuming his duties. Dido's love is a violent force because her...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2007, 12:39 am (UTC)

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As thanatassa explained, there are some definite similarities between Medea and Dido. Both are women abandoned by the men they helped save, which in turn leads to intense emotional responses. Both...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016, 8:52 pm (UTC)

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In contrast to epic heroes like Achilles and Odysseus, Aeneas' journey has a different sort of aim. In Homer's Iliad, Achilles' aim was to achieve immortal glory for himself by killing lots of...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011, 2:44 am (UTC)

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In the third book of Vergil's Aeneid, Aeneas has landed in the land of Chaonia, which is in northwestern Greece. There, he discovers Andromache, the former wife of Trojan Hector, and her new...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012, 9:11 am (UTC)

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Love and duty are at odds, especially in Book IV, and this is shown in the love Dido feels for Aeneas and the responsibility Aeneas feels for resuming his duties. Dido's love is a violent force...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2007, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Furor and its antithesis, pietas, are both themes that pervade the entirety of Virgil's Aeneid. Although furor is often directly translated into English as rage, this literal translation misses...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020, 3:52 am (UTC)

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The Aeneid is an epic myth about the founding of Rome. The author Virgil, who was a Roman himself, begins the story where Homer's Iliad ends: the sack of Troy. The Trojan Aeneas, the hero of The...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2017, 8:43 am (UTC)

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I like this question because my students have tended not to like the Aeneid. I'm not sure why, because I really like the poem. Of course, it's much better in Latin than in English, because Virgil...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2011, 11:55 am (UTC)

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In books 2 and 3 of the Aeneid, Aeneas is recounting his own exploits to Dido, so it is perhaps not surprising that he depicts himself in a favorable light. He is heroic in saving his family from...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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In these ancient times, the gods were thought to control all the happenings on Earth. If success came to a certain person, or to their family, then it was believed that the gods wished it. If a...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2008, 6:52 am (UTC)

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The conclusion of the Virgil's Aeneid is one of the most controversial passages in Western Literature. Some scholars would argue that Virgil was not finished with the epic and that he would have...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012, 11:18 am (UTC)

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