The most important divinity in Book III is Apollo

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The most important divinity in Book III is Apollo. Although he does not appear in person — he  reveals himself only once during the entire epic, and then only briefly, in Book IX — he makes his  powerful and benign presence felt through every prophecy Aeneas receives. The Penatës, or Trojan  hearth gods, who tell Aeneas to sail for Italy, acknowledge Apollo's rule over them; when Aeneas  meets Celaeno, the Harpies's leader, she too speaks of how Apollo, the god of prophecy, instructed  her to foretell of the Trojan's future; and Helenus, the "Trojan interpreter of the gods's will," receives  his gift of revelation from Apollo. The Penatës, Celaeno, and the prophet Helenus strengthen  Aeneas's resolve to complete his mission successfully and convince him that a glorious future lies  beyond the hardships that he and his followers must endure. In the course of Book III, we see Aeneas growing into his role as the founder and national hero of a 
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