Turnus As A Homeric Hero In Homer's Iliad

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Achilles, the demigod son of a sea nymph named Thetis and king Peleus of the Myrmidons, is the central representation of a Homeric hero in Homer’s Iliad. His raging power is a source of awe for men on both sides of The Trojan War. In continuation of the Trojan narrative, Aeneid follows the wanderings of the Trojan prince Aeneas. His fate is to establish the Trojan Remnant in Latium, the birthplace of The Roman Empire, Aeneas faces an endless stream of challenges in his journeys. A significant obstacle is Turnus. Turnus, described by the Sybil as a “second Achilles,” proves to be incredibly like the Homeric hero. Virgil transforms Aeneas from a figure of pietas to one of furor similar to that of Turnus and Achilles. However, Aeneas never truly reaches the inhuman rage witnessed in these other two warriors. Aeneas, the central figure in the Aeneid, personifies the Roman value of pietas. Pietas is one’s “respect for the gods, and dedication to both one’s family and community” (Lecture 10/20/17). Therefore, Aeneas starts the Aeneid very much unlike the traditional Homeric hero and as a consequence, unlike Achilles. In fact, the Aeneas closely resembles the Trojan prince Hector, the defender of Troy in the Iliad. He characterizes each of the qualities of pietas in his escape from Troy. During his escape, he states “take into your hands, Father, the sacred gods / of our country” because “it would be a sacrilege” if Aeneas had with his bloodied hands (Aen. 2.844 - 845) Aeneas is

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