Aeneas And Dido. Aeneas Is The King Of The Trojans, Who

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Aeneas and Dido Aeneas is the king of the Trojans, who is also the son of Anchises and Venus. His fate is that he would build the land of Rome. This fate is tested by the interference of the gods, Juno in particular. Juno is the queen of the gods and held in high respects in the city of Carthage. As Juno holds a desire to “establish Carthage as the reigning city, [she] pits herself against fate itself, which ordained that the descendants of the Trojans will conquer Carthage and rule the world” (Syed, 108). The one to lead the descendants from Troy that would build Rome was Aeneas. This created Juno’s distaste in him and does anything in her power to prevent Aeneas from fulfilling his fate of building Rome. However, this is only one of the…show more content…
In Book 1 of “The Aeneid”, Aeneas endures a storm that was created by Juno, causing him and his comrades to become stranded, as he was traveling from Troy to Italy. As of now, the object of love for Aeneas is his country and for its growth and success. Aeneas lands on the shores of Carthage and this is where his focus of love is shaken and tested. While searching in the woods, Aeneas meets a young girl, who is disguised and actually his mother Venus. She tells Aeneas the background story of the ruler of Carthage and how everything came to be. She also reassures Aeneas that his missing ships, along with his other comrades, are safe and to continue the path into the city. Once Aeneas enters the city and observes the progress of the developing city, he is ecstatic. This encounter shows how his love for country is very focused. Instead of focusing on the individuals that may have been roaming around the city as an object of love, he views the whole city, which was still in progress, as an object of love. Aeneas goes and explores the queen’s temple to come across scenes etched of his comrades during the Trojan War. Aeneas speaks to Achates, who was one of his companions that survived the storm, about these scenes along the walls and while “feeding his spirit on empty, lifeless pictures, / groaning low, the tears rivering down his face / as he sees once more the fighters circling Troy” (Virgil, 563-565). These few lines from the text are quickly able to

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