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Who is most responsible for the death of Dido in the Aeneid: Aeneas, Anna, Venus and Juno or Dido herself?

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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 been manipulated by Juno and Venus to fall head over heels in love with Aeneas, and there's absolutely nothing she can do about it. She has been assigned a specific role in the legend of Rome's founding and she must act it out right up until her tragic demise.

At the same time, by Book IV Dido is certainly aware that her...

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