For the most part, Book III deals with the Trojans's search for their promised homeland, covering almost their entire voyage up to the moment when the storm raised by Aeolus drives them away from their nearby goal of Italy. The ghost of Creusa, whom Aeneas encountered toward the end of the preceding book, had called Italy by its Greek name, Hesperia, but Aeneas does not remember this name during the earlier stages of his voyage, even though it had been entrusted to him under such momentous circumstances. Only after the Trojans's failed attempt to settle on Crete does he fix Italy as his true destination. While Book III has dramatic moments, it constitutes a relatively placid interlude between two episodes of great intensity — the account of Troy's destruction, with its descriptions of violence and bloodshed, and the tragic story of Dido's passionate love for Aeneas. As such, it resembles Book V,
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