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Who is Anna in the Aeneid?

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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 alliance with Aeneas and the Trojans. Anna serves as Dido's confidant and sounding board. When Dido confesses that she is in love with Aeneas but cannot marry him without breaking her vows to her deceased husband, Anna applies a practical approach to her advice. Anna tells her sister that she should marry again as this will be a boon for both her personal life and her role as a queen in need of political alliances. She tells Dido that she should not be concerned about breaking her former vows as long as she placates the gods with a sufficient sacrifice. Anna also takes part in delivering her sister's messages to Aeneas, begging him not to leave.

Anna is clearly an easy person to confide in. Not only does Dido trust her with her gravest concerns but so does Aeneus. The Trojan leader tells Anna what...

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