Essay on The Epic Poem Of Virgil 's The Aeneid

1732 Words Oct 14th, 2016 7 Pages
In the grand Roman empire, pietas became the quintessential belief of how a transcendent ruler oughts to endure by to formulate and establish an enlightening environment for their community auspiciously. As an important virtue of Roman tradition, pietas became defined as a leader who is dutiful, mindful, and accepts their duties to the gods, their family, and most necessarily their empire. Moreover, heroism intertwines with pietas which demonstrate the ability to make sacrifices for the benefit of an empire. Hence, in the epic poem of Virgil’s The Aeneid, the protagonist Aeneas is a well-known leader who is also simultaneously an apprehensive and dynamic character that agonizes with fully committing himself to the ideology of heroism and pietas. Afflicted in the seams of what his heart hungers for and what his rationale thrives for, Aeneas can still perceive that his actions generate the future of the founding of Rome that will ensuingly become his son Iulus’ tenure, and a home for all the Trojan generations. Thus, in this essay, I will analyze the passage where Aeneas became confronted by Mercury about his disillusioned state of mind after marrying Dido and decides it is most logical to leave her. The passage from book four, page 137, is the embodiment of what the order of human experience is because it exhibits how Aeneas continuously became depleted of almost everyone he loved and risked his quality of life and physical comfort to serve others at any cost. Thus, the…

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