Book I also introduces Dido

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Book I also introduces Dido, one of the poem's three main characters. The portrait that  Virgil presents of the Carthaginian queen rivals Aeneas's, although later in the poem our  opinion of her will slightly lessen. In Book I, her stature is as noble as her Trojan  counterpart, in part due to the similarities between the two. Like Aeneas, Dido fled her  homeland under the most trying of circumstances. The story of Dido's personal history,  which increases our sympathy for her, rivals the account Aeneas will relate in the  following books for its exemplum of noble suffering. Aeneas notes longingly the building  of Dido's city, and especially the laws that ensure order in Carthaginian society, an order  that he himself so desperately wants for his own people. When we meet the queen,  Virgil compares her to the goddess Diana, the great huntress; when Aeneas 
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