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Final Latin Paper - Virgil, Aeneid IV "Dixit, et os...

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Virgil, Aeneid IV “Dixit, et os impressa toro” 1 |  Pa g e
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Danielle M. Henak Chris Callanan 12/19/2007
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Why would Dido kiss the banquet couch she is lying on right before she says her last words? What possible significance can a single piece of furniture that is not even all that splendid hold for the queen of Carthage? The answer at first glance seems simple: it brings her the memories of Aeneas, the man she is madly in love with. In various places of the fourth book of the Aeneid, Dido finds the couch to bring back memories of Aeneas, but underneath it all there is more to the couch for Dido than just the memories. The first time Dido uses the couch to bring back memories of Aeneas is after the banquet at which Aeneas had told his stories of his exciting adventures. During this banquet, Dido was hit with one of Cupid’s arrows, as Cupid was parading around as Aeneas’ son, Ascanius. Struck by the god of love’s arrow, Dido falls madly in love with Aeneas. Like many girls in love, Dido starts to think about Aeneas all the time, but is especially reminded of him when she is around the place she fell in love with him, the couch. As stated in lines 80-85: “Post ubi degressi, lumenque obscura vicissim luna premit suadentque cadentia sidera somnos, sola domo maeret vacua stratisque relictis incubat. Illum absens absentem auditque videtque, aut gremio ascanium genitoris imagine capta detinet”   Being in the place that she fell in love with Aeneas, Dido wants to also return to the time she fell in love with Aeneas because, in her mind, it has become a time of pure happiness. Unfortunately for Dido, the pure happiness over loving Aeneas does not remain. In fact, it
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