The Aeneid; Artistic Expression or a Propaganda Epic

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The Aeneid; Artistic Expression or a Propaganda Epic

This week’s question pertains to an epic mythological poem that is named The Aeneid. This is a story about a man named Aeneas (who was a Trojan); he decides to exit his destroyed city of Troy when he is ordered by one of his gods (Mercury) to follow a heroic determined path in life, and discovers the fact that he is destined to settle a new and most influential city in a foreign land. The irony that comes to be, is that this future colony will one day become to be known as, the all-powerful city of Rome in which is the Roman Empire.
This tale has depictions of mythical powers, love, jealousy, human suffering, war, and is foreshadowed by the typical conflict of humanities politics.
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As you are all learning, I need to be honest in what I feel, and how I ENCODE things. I just can’t follow the norm, placate to the professor just to receive a good grade. I do truly enjoy investigating things, and try to form a hypothesis out, to answer what is truth, what is just, and the actual meaning(s) of things in life.
With that said, I personally don’t think it is a form of propaganda and or some direct tool for a politically motivated public propaganda tool. I feel that this poem has too much of an artistic tone per say. It’s my opinion that the author was motivated by his personal creativity, the current times philosophical norms, and perhaps more of a love story. Let’s also keep in mind that History has demonstrated that the Roman people and that civilization held great pride for their country Rome, and their way of life. So many artistic forms of story’s, paintings, and sculptures all encompass the thoughts and feelings and are reflected in a copious amount of artistic renders.

I did read the whole poem. I did see references to Caesar, and Augustus as the “ruler of the Roman Empire” (W. W. Norton & Company). I just feel there was so much more to this tale. It held love, social virtues, life after death, and glorified the righteous.
As for the last question; was this poem politically motivated? As I stated prior, I must once again stress

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