Aeneas is the embodiment of Roman virtues: He is the dutiful servant of fate and of the gods, he is an exemplary leader of his people, and he is a devoted father and son. He demonstrates appropriate pietas—devotion to one’s family, country, and mission.Aeneas is deeply respectful of his father and is devoted to his son. During the fall of Troy, Aeneas carries his father on his back and holds his son’s hand as they make their way to the rendezvous point. In Book III, Aeneas’s paternal responsibilities are expanded to include his son, the Trojans in his care, and the future of the Roman race.Although Aeneas is human and possesses human feelings, he does not let these feelings stop him from completing his mission. Aeneas is “a man apart, devoted to his mission, a dedicated man.” He tells Dido that he is “duty-bound.” Aeneas faces adversity without ever losing faith in
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