The Aeneid By Virgil Between 29 And 19 Bc

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The Aeneid is an epic poem written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC. This works tells of the Trojan hero Aeneas and his journey from Troy to Italy to settle a new city for his people. The first half of the book entails Aeneas making his way to Italy while the second half describes the battle between the Latins and the Trojans. Both of these endeavors require the hero of the story to have a motivated disposition. These motivations come in the form of depictions of Roman history. The two significant depictions are told to Aeneas from his father, Anchises, who has gained the gift of visions that tells about the future of Rome and the shield that Aeneas’s mother gives him along with other battle gear for the upcoming battles. The shield and Anchises’s visons are pivotal and irreplaceable parts of Virgil’s epic; they both function for the plot’s sake as well as for use as an immortalization of Roman folklore. The first telling of Roman legendary history/future happens in the Underworld with Aeneas’s father, Anchises. Anchises is gifted the ability to see visions of Rome’s future in the afterlife. His visions detail the relationship of Aeneas to successful founders and leaders of Rome. The most important of these relationships are Augustus Caesar who will be a part of Ascanius’s line, the two people named Menelaus, and Romulus. Ascanius “led his son / Through every detail and enflamed his soul / With longing for the glory that was to come, / He told him of the wars he next must

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