Analysis Of Virgil 's ' The Aeneid ' Essay

722 Words Nov 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Virgil included the Roman people in his epic with the intent of glorifying Roman citizens, Roman culture, and Roman leaders, to help keep Rome stable.
The Aeneid very clearly paints the Romans out to be some magnificent group of people destined to rule everything graced by the sun’s warm glow. They have fate on their side and with the help of mighty Jupiter, they are destined for greatness (1.264-313). However, if Virgil told a tale of an all-powerful Roman people gifted the entirety of the planet from birth, it would make for a boring of propaganda in its rawest form. Instead he started them at the bottom with their home, the great city of Troy, being destroyed by the Greeks (2.1-10). Virgil would need to create a mighty hero capable of leading the Trojans to the shores of Italy to ensure the founding of Rome, thus enters our main protagonist, Aeneas.
Aeneas is the perfect hero for such a story. His story is full of heart-break and pain; he has lost his home (2.1-10), his wife (2.952-980), his father (3.818-826), and most of his ships (5.767-773). Such a tragic story allows the reader sympathize with him, allowing for a deep connection to take root. Additionally, Aeneas possess many prized Roman traits, such as loyalty, determination, and dignity. This paints an image of the perfect Roman man, an inspiration for all and a perfect role model for the Roman populace. Let’s not forget that Aeneas is a demigod (1.394), this isn’t may not seem like an important trait, but for the…

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