Virgil’s Aeneid Essay

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Virgil, the most distinguished poet of the Roman Empire lived during the rulings of emperor Octavian, better known as Augustus. His father a farmer, he found no time for the daily grind, instead Virgil sought writing. His primary works of art centered on turmoil brought on by evil power and pointless wars. The history of this time is fascinating because it is the beginning of what we know today as the Roman Empire. It is easy to poke fun at Virgil as a spawn of Homer as his writing is similar in nature to the latter Greek poet. As we will see later, Aeneid has themes taken both from the Odyssey and the Iliad. This epic poem should not be looked at as not just another epic diplomatic piece of poetry but a well-crafted story of stories during this vast time period.

Aeneid is an eventful narrative that is history to the ears of the Roman’s. The story is centered on the traveling hero Aeneas, and the famous Trojan War. In the begin Aeneas re-tells the story of the fall of the Trojans and how he is told by the Gods that a future filled with greatness awaited him in Italy. During his travels he attempts several city reboots but due to evil and bad weather he was not successful. A princess by the name of Dido ends up falling madly in love with our hero Aeneas. He is constantly reminded by the Gods of his required duties and leaves Dido behind. She can’t live without him and stabs herself with his own sword. The second half of Aeneid centers on total drag out warfare. While in Italy a local ranchers deer was killed by one of Aeneas’s men and began all out war. Aeneas is asked to sail away get military support from Trojan supporting villages. While away his son is killed by Turnus, a ruler of the people. Aeneas returns and goes on an all out no holds bar rampage killing many. It is decided that Aeneas and Turnus would battle it out in hand-to-hand combat. The Trojans and the Latin’s could not keep off each other and immediately continue battling. In the end Aeneas gets a thigh wound but kills Turnus to mourn the death of his son.

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