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the-aeneid-virgil The Aeneidby the Numbers Circle in Hell where Dido is condemned in Dante's Divine Comedy 2 Additional years Virgil wanted to finish The Aeneid before he died 3 Books in The Aeneid 12 Times Virgil calls his hero "pious Aeneas" 20 Virgil, Book 1 ars and a man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate. Sources: The Atlantic, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgil's Aeneid, Macmillan Publishers, Poetry Foundation, Tufts University, Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. Virgil is considered one of the greatest Roman poets, but he wasn't from Rome. He was commissioned by Caesar Augustus to write The Aeneid to glorify the Roman Empire. He died before finishing it, and it survives despite his asking a friend to burn the manuscript. VIRGIL70–19 BCE Author The exiled Trojan War hero Aeneas struggles to balance love and uncertainty with duty and fate to become the founding father of Rome. His long and difficult journey, which takes place in 1200­ to 1193 BCE, is obstructed at every step by divine opposition. Fighting His Way Home OVERVIEW MANTUA PALLANTEUM LATIUM CUMAE BUTHROTUM STROPHADES PERGAMUM DELOS TROY AENUS ACESTA ERYX CARTHAGE ITALY GREECE THRACE CRETE LIBYA Flees Troy's destruction Receives prophesy from Apollo Builds and abandons city Battles the Harpies Loves and abandons Dido Consults Sybil and visits underworld Defeats Italian army and Turnus Anchises's funeral games TIBER RIVER 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Fire Symbolizes destruction and inspiration Aeneas's Shield Symbolizes his destiny as founder of Rome Golden Bough Symbolizes Aeneas's pass to the realm of the dead Symbols Main Characters JupiterKing of the gods VenusGoddess of love,mother of Aeneas JunoQueen of the gods DidoAbandoned lover FateWhile fate is inevitable, the path to one's destiny can be altered. RespectThose who respect the gods, family, and country will be rewarded. Will of the Gods The gods have supreme rule but cannot cheat fate. Destiny of Rome Aeneas's greatness and fate predict Rome's power and strength. Themes AnchisesAeneass honored father AeneasTrojan hero Virgil c. 3019 BCE Latin Epic Poem Author Years Written Original Language The Aeneid Adventure

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