Book 1 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What three reasons does Virgil give for Juno’s anger?

2. Where have the Trojans just left?

3. What is ironic about the incipient romance between Dido and Aeneas?

4. Why can Aeneas walk about Carthage unseen?

5. On which two occasions do references to hunting appear in this book?

6. What omen does Venus say predicts the safe arrival of Aeneas’ fleet?

7. Who killed Dido’s husband?

8. What epithet is used most frequently to describe Aeneas?

9. Who does Jupiter list last as Aeneas’ descendant?

10. How does Cupid sneak into Dido’s arms?

Answers
1. Juno’s anger arises because of the judgment of Paris, the Trojans’ descent from an illegitimate son of Jupiter (“the breed she hated”--42), and the displacement of Hebe, Juno’s daughter, by Ganymede, a Trojan prince, as cup bearer of the gods.

2. The Trojans have just left Sicily.

3. Dido and Aeneas’ romance is ironic because of the bitter hatred that existed between Rome and Carthage for many years.

4. Aeneas is hidden by a fog of invisibility placed around him by Venus.

5. References to hunting appear in Aeneas’ killing of the seven deer and in Venus’ disguise as a huntress.

6. Venus says that the appearance of 12 swans predicts the arrival of Aeneas’ lost ships.

7. Dido’s husband was killed by her brother.

8. Aeneas is frequently called “pious Aeneas.”

9. Caesar Augustus, Virgil’s king, is the last person listed in Jupiter’s recounting of Aeneas’ glorious descendents.

10. Venus disguises Cupid as Aeneas’ son, Ascanius Iulis, so he can sneak close to Dido.