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... Aeneas’ path. Dido was a lover and one of Aeneas’ most painful memories. The pain of leaving her was almost too much for Aeneas to bare, so much so that he resisted the gods and wanted to stay. His personal feelings told him to stay and love Dido for the rest of his life, but his pietas and duty helped him forget his humanistic wants and desires and trade them for the glory of Rome. Dido’s sufferings documented in the Aeneid include her loss of her first husband, her promise to never marry or lie with another man, her refusal of multiple men who asked for her hand, and the godly intervention in which she is forced by Cupid’s power to break her vow and fall madly in love with a man who would ultimately walk out on her, leading her to kill herself. Sullivan’s view shows Dido and Aeneas’ story as a true tragedy in the line of sad stories leading to the founding of Rome.
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