Analysis Of ' The Aeneid ' Essay

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The Aeneid was written with a clear purpose; that is, it was commissioned by Caesar Augustus to not only legitimize his supreme position of power but also to construct a piece of poetry which would emphasize the magnificence of the Roman Empire through its complementary substance and proper genius. In order to portray Rome in an absolutely virtuous sense, Virgil would have to uphold primary aspects of Roman excellence, such as duty, piety, and clementia. Virgil seeks to accomplish this feat through the adaptation of the character Aeneas, who at this time is well known as the legendary founder of Rome and a Trojan hero from Homer’s Iliad. It could be argued, however, that Aeneas does not fully capture or embody the virtues vital to Roman society in a constructive light. Indeed, there are instances in which Aeneas either does not act according to these principles or suffers grief for practicing them. If this is held to be true, it would follow that Virgil may have provided these contradicting instances in order to shape a new, realistic Roman model, and not an idealization. Through the examination of Aeneas trials, tribulations, and victories in The Aeneid, an attempt can be made to clarify these ambiguities.
In the first book of The Aeneid, Aeneas and his men end up washed up on the shore of Libya, after enduring a merciless storm sent to them by the order of Juno, the Trojan-hating goddess. Broken and drenched from the fury of the sea, Aeneas’ men make a fire on the newly…

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