When Aeneas meets his former helmsman

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Unformatted text preview: When Aeneas meets his former helmsman, Palinurus, the dead pilot attests to his own honorable performance when he describes himself as "duty bound" while trying to steer Aeneas's ship: "I swear / By the rough sea, I feared less for myself / Than for your ship." Clearly, Virgil's Roman readers would have viewed Palinurus's noble attitude as a model attribute of their own civilization. Also, the pietas Aeneas has for Anchises while he was alive continues even now that he is dead. Aeneas is most anxious to see his father, and Anchises reciprocates Aeneas's love and respect when he asks his son, "Have you at last come, has that loyalty / Your father counted on conquered the journey?" This notion of pietas is best expressed when Virgil, speaking through Anchises's character, says to his fellow citizens, and especially to Augustus, "Roman, remember by your strength to...
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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