Military Superiority And The Conquering Of Peoples Essay

1449 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Military superiority and the conquering of peoples has an inherent worth meant to usurp its own inevitable tragedies. As was the justification for the Great Roman Empire, war is a means for power and for the expansion of empire.
However, in Virgil’s Aeneid, this is highly juxtaposed: in Book II of the Aeneid, the text opens with Aeneas, by Dido’s request, recounting the horrors of the Trojan War:“Sorrow, unspeakable sorrow, my queen, you ask me to bring to life once more, how the Greeks uprooted Troy in all her power, our kingdom mourned forever” (II.0 – 16). Aeneas falls into a loud despair, depicted as having gone through the ultimate suffering in watching his city fall. In all of Troy’s stature, the city was quick left to ash and oblivion by way of the Greeks. As is portrayed in this passage, warfare and its costs can hardly make an effort to hide under glory. Though war at empire’s level may be paralleled with extensive achievement, it comes with great cost at the individual level. Aeneas knows this, understanding the sorrow of his loss to the point where he is nearly unable to tell about it; in so, he understands the depth of war’s costs alongside its achievements as Rome reveres. He has seen through the depths of pain and of loss, byproducts of a war meant unforgiving. He has walked through fire and has come out shaken and scathed, engaging in battle with Rome’s ideal military glory. In contrast to Rome’s dearly held reverence for military strength, we see another…

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