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What three reasons does Virgil give for Juno's anger in the Aeneid?

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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 difficulties. The narrative voices gives several reasons, and then another is added in Juno's own words through the poet's characterization of her.

First, there is the issue of Carthage. Juno not only loves this city (lines 15-16), but also wants it to be the future world empire (lines 17-18). Rome, however, would eventually defeat and destroy Carthage—an event which was history for Virgil but is set in the poem as a prophecy or fate that Juno somehow hears of (lines 19-22)—and she is described more as afraid of this outcome than angry (line 23).

Second, she is angry (line 25) at Troy for two reasons: Paris's choice of another goddess in the beauty contest (line 27), and the favor shown to Ganymede, a Trojan...

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