The Aeneid by Virgil

1507 WordsFeb 23, 20186 Pages
The perception of morality is very subjective and relates heavily to what the society of the period defines as good or bad. In the Aenied, Vergil creates two characters with morally opposite values; Aenias and Dido. Aenias can be interpreted as the embodiment of what Vergil believes is right, while Dido is the embodiment of what Vergil believes to be bad. The contrast of Dido’s and Aeneas’ behavior represents the fact that Vergil’s moral values are heavily influenced by the moral values which the romans upheld, as we can see in the character Aeneas which shows many values that was heavily emphasized by the policy that Augustus enforced during Vergil’s time, and the character Dido which shows the opposite values that was deemed “good” during that period. One of the values that was enforced during Vergil’s time by Augustus was patriotism, which in the Aeniad’s context is prioritizing between personal satisfaction, or the greater good. In book 4 of the Aeneid, the character Aenias and Dido represents the two opposing values, in which Aenias represents the greater good, while Dido represents the personal satisfaction. For example, Dido was willing to sacrifice her honor and the respect of her people for Aenias. “I sacrificed my virtue, and the good name I once had, the one hope of undying fame.” Dido’s actions are an extreme example of how a person can sacrifice everything, even though she was the queen and had many moral obligations to her people. Such values are condemned by
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