Comparing and Contrasting the Epics of Homer and Virgil's Aeneid

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Comparing and Contrasting the Epics of Homer and Virgil's Aeneid

Books I and II of Aeneid are an account of Virgil's adventures narrated by him. He includes the actions of the gods in his point of view. The tone of the epic is tragic and sympathetic. Books I-IV is Aeneas wanderings. "In the first half of the epic, Aeneas tells the story of the siege of Troy and his escape, causing Dido to love him. Venus and Juno contrive to isolate Dido and Aeneas in a cave during a hunting trip, and there the two lovers consummate their affair. Aeneas leaves Carthage for Italy at Mercury's prodding, causing the heartbroken Dido to kill herself. "(spark notes) Aeneid is considered a secondary epic more concerned more with duty than his own
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Jupiter replies with serene optimism. He promises the Trojans, through their descendants, not only empire, but a new golden age. Venus departs from Olympus and, disguised as a huntress, meets her son. She sends him to Carthage. There he finds the Trojans who were separated from him in the storm and meets Queen Dido, the founder of the city. Dido takes pity on the Trojans. Meanwhile, Juno and Venus, each for their own purposes, scheme to have Aeneas and Dido fall in love." (enotes)

The similarities continue throughout the epics. There is a banquet given in honor of Aeneas where he is requested to tell his story of Troy. While Telemachus was the quest of Nestor, the aged king of Pylus, he attended a banquet and was told stories about his father, Odysseus. A serpent also came out the sea in the Odyssey and crushed Odysseus men. In the Aeneid, two serpents came out of the sea and crushed Laocoon and his young sons. Homer's Iliad also gets into the act with the ghost of Hector, Aeneas' cousin.

"Book 2

At a banquet given in his honor, at Dido's request Aeneas narrates the story of Troy's last day and night. He tells the famous story of the Trojan Horse, left outside the city gates when the Greeks were supposedly departed, but actually filled with Greek warriors. The Trojan priest Laocoon warned "I fear the Greeks even when bearing gifts." When Laocoon and his young sons were crushed by two enormous serpents that came

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