Essay The Aeneid Of Virgil 's Aeneid

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A large portion of Virgil’s Aeneid takes place on the battle field with violent descriptions of death and disaster. Per the Aeneid, war is uncalled for if there is no chance for victory. Virgil characterizes war adversely, mostly as retribution and wrath. In the second half of the Aeneid, Aeneas announces in the final scene, leading up to the final duel that, “A greater history opens before my eyes, /A greater task awaits me.” Because war is appalling, Virgil respects Aeneas for having to go through it. He looks forward to a time when the Roman Empire can bring an end to war. Ironically, that would be once Rome took control over all nations, which, in itself not a good reason for war. Virgil deals with many types of war throughout his poem; he deals with mythological wars, recent wars and their effects and causes. Through this, he conveys his anti-war sentiment. Virgil opens The Aeneid with the words “I sing of warfare and a man at war.” The main theme that war plays in Virgil’s Roman epic is made known from the very first line. A fair chunk of Virgil’s “Aeneid” is set on the battle field and seems to dominate most of the book; with vicious and gruesome images of death and its frequent battles, it could be argued that this poem is not an anti-war poem but one that boosts the sanctions of battle. Virgil does not only use the idea of war to further his plot but deals with many types of war through the whole of his book including mythological and recent wars, their…

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