Essay on The Aeneid And The Iliad

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In the poem The Aeneid by Virgil the characters showed signs of mortality as they thought through their options, unlike The Iliad that was written by Homer. The ancient epic poems that are more commonly known are: The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer and The Aeneid by Virgil. All three of these poems are concentrated around one famous war known as the Trojan War. “How about this: what makes Virgil’s Aeneid connected to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey is also what makes it different from them” (Shmoop). The main character in the Aeneid is Aeneas. Aeneas is a survivor from the siege of troy. One difference from the Iliad and The Odyssey is that Aeneas was guided from his land, while Hector and Achilles were both tempted by the God’s to do certain acts that could tip the scale in their favor. While Hector and Achilles destiny was to defeat each other in the Iliad, that is not true for The Aeneid. Aeneas’s “destiny is to found the Roman race in Italy and he subordinates all other concerns to this mission. The Aeneid is about his journey from Troy to Italy, which enables him to fulfill his fate” (SparkNotes). In the poem Aeneas is reliant on the God’s for their powers throughout the poem. In Book 5, Aeneas proposes eight days of sacrificial offerings for his one-year anniversary of his father’s passing. While the activities he proposed were going on; Juno who is angry with the Trojans dispatches Iris to get the Trojan Women to burn the Trojan ships thus forcing them to settle in…

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