The Aeneid Essay

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Publius Vergilius Maro, more commonly known as Virgil, was born on October 15, 70 B.C. in a small village near Mantua in Northern Italy. He was born into a relatively “well-to-do” family, as his parents were farm owners with a hefty amount of land to their name. Virgil was provided with an education that quenched his thirst for knowledge. He showed a particular interest in mathematics and medicine, but also studied in law and rhetoric. Quickly after his first law case, he gave up his studies of law and turned his interests to philosophy. Due to civil unrest, Virgil was forced to flee his home in 49 B.C. He traveled to Naples and began his career as a poet. With sponsorship from his friend, Augustus Caesar, Virgil was able to enjoy the …show more content…

The Aeneid also proved to roman citizens that the roman Emperors were descendants of the founders, heros and gods of Rome and Troy. (“Patron Augustus-Client Rome”) Virgil used some of the same characters that Homer used in his famous poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ulysses was the hero of Homer’s Odyssey. In the Odyssey, Ulysses took a long, dangerous, and treacherous voyage before he was able to make it home again, very similar to Aeneas. References that are used in the Aeneid to the current location of Ulysses help readers realize Aeneas’ location when compared to Ulysses in the poem. Achilles, who was the greatest of all the Greek warriors, slew Hector, a Trojan hero, during the war in the Aeneid and was the tragic hero of the Iliad. Hector was also used as a parallel figure to Turnus, who also defended his native city to the death. Andromache, Hector’s wife, survived the siege of Troy. She meets Aeneas on his journey, tells him her story, and advises his course to Italy. Paris was a Trojan prince, and the brother to Hector. He was asked by Venus, Juno, and Minerva to make a judgement on who the most attractive of the three was. He was promised Helen by Venus, therefore, he chose Venus. Stealing Helen provokes the Trojan War. Menelaus was Helen’s husband and he made a pact with Helen’s other suitors to fight anyone who tried to steal her. When Paris took Helen, the pact was invoked and the Trojan War began. His selection inspires “haughty Juno’s

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