Dido Aeneas Relationship

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DIDO AND AENEAS RELATIONSHIP Throughout the beginning of the Aeneid Dido, the queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, son of Venus and leader of the Trojans have an intimate relationship that ends in death. The relationship begins in Book I when Venus, the goddess of love, has her other son Cupid fill Dido with passion for Aeneas, to ensure Aeneas's safety in this new land. "Meanwhile Venus/Plotted new stratagems, that Cupid, changed/ In form and feature, should appear instead/ Of young Ascanius, and by his gifts/ Inspire the queen to passion, with his fire/ Burning her very bones." (693) Venus did this to protect Aeneas and his son, in fear that Dido would have otherwise been cruel to them. As Aeneas tells his story he portrays himself as…show more content…
In Book VI Aeneas has one last encounter with the ghost of Dido in the underworld. When he meets her here he is aware that she killed herself due to his abandoning her, and he tries to tell her that he left her unwillingly. This is an attempt to rekindle their relationship as friends and perhaps not lovers. Dido refuses to forgive him or speak to him and goes to the ghost of her husband for support. Although, Dido and Aeneas had compassionate love that most couples strive for, neither of them were destined to be together which ended their relationship with
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