The Relationship Between Aeneas and Dido in Virgil's Aeneid

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Aeneas is the king of the Trojans, who is also the son of Anchises and Venus. His fate is that he would build the land of Rome. This fate is tested by the interference of the gods, Juno in particular. Juno is the queen of the gods and held in high respects in the city of Carthage. As Juno holds a desire to “establish Carthage as the reigning city, [she] pits herself against fate itself, which ordained that the descendants of the Trojans will conquer Carthage and rule the world” (Syed, 108). The one to lead the descendants from Troy that would build Rome was Aeneas. This created Juno’s distaste in him and does anything in her power to prevent Aeneas from fulfilling his fate of building Rome. However, this is only one of the several reasons why Juno strives to stop Aeneas’ fate. Originally from Phoenicia, Dido was exiled from this city after her husband was killed by her brother. Even though Dido became exiled from her homeland, she excelled and built Carthage, where she reigns as queen. There are many more characters mentioned and discussed in “The Aeneid” that affect the direction that love should be geared towards, but these are who are affected the most by any sway of that direction of love. From the beginning of “The Aeneid” by Virgil, it is noticeable that love becomes a large theme throughout this epic poem. It is also noticeable that love should not be directed towards a certain individual but something that should be directed towards the prosperity of one’s country. Within “The Art of Love” written by Ovid, love is portrayed to be great and wonderful and something that should be experienced by every man. In contrast, “The Aeneid” describes love that is guided to an individual to be tragic and painful but if focused on one’... ... middle of paper ... ...e is chosen. If Aeneas had chosen to stay with Dido, then his future would have looked similar to Mark Antony and Cleopatra. If Dido had chosen her vow to Sychaeus, then her future would not have held an unhappy, painful, tragic love story. It may not have also involved her suicidal death. Works Cited Gransden, K W, and S J. Harrison. Virgil: The Aeneid. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Print. Ovid, and Rolfe Humphries. The Loves, The Art of Beauty, The Remedies of Love, and The Art of Love. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1957. Print. Smith, Alden. The Primacy of Vision in Virgil's Aeneid. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005. Print. Syed, Yasmin. Vergil's Aeneid and the Roman Self: Subject and Nation in Literary Discourse. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005. Print. Virgil, and Robert Fagles. The Aeneid. New York: Penguin, 2010. Print.

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