Dido As A Victim Of The Gods

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Despite how most reader may view her, Dido is considered to be a victim of the gods, which ultimately lead her to her own death. When introduced in book 1 of Virgil’s tale Aeneid, told to Aeneas by his mother Venus (disguised as a huntress), Dido is revealed as a dignified queen, beautiful, wealthy and respected by the people of Carthage. At the same time, she is resolute in her determination not to marry again.
As told by Venus, “Her husband was Sychaeus, of all Phoenicians richest in land, and greatly loved by her,” (Book I, lines 468-469). Although her husband was the richest of all Tyre, her brother Pygmalion, King of Tyre, was obsessed with greed and his money, he decides to kill him and manages to keep this act from Dido till she had a dream with her husband in it. “He urged her then to make haste and take flight, leaving her fatherland, and to assist the journey revealed a buried treasure of all time, unknown to any, a weight of gold and silver” (Lines 487-490). Dido manages to preserve the memory of her dead husband, Sychaeus, whose murder causes her to flee her home city of Tyre. Fortunately, she maintains her focus on her responsibilities. She gathers people from Tyre and sails to a land with “stone walls going higher and the citadel of Carthage, the new town” (Lines 500-501), at which the city begins its construction and she becomes the queen.
When she meets Aenea’s, she offers him and his Trojan crew asylum in Carthage after escaping Troy from the Trojan Horse…
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