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    Do you ever feel like people put everything on the line for love, and then it be for nothing? Aeneid book IV by Virgil is the main text that this essay will be focused on. Aeneid was about this crazy queen Dido that has recently lost her husband. This does a number on her mentally and to worsen her state she gets into a love affair with a fellow named Aeneid. To get to the point they have this relationship in a cave for a while to try to combine their kingdoms, but then Aeneid tries to pull out all his chips but not in his favor. Long story short, he tries to sneak off and she loses her crap on him, then later kills herself. There were tons of underlying morals and examples of how not to do things in this story, but one stands out way more than all the others. Virgil’s depiction of Dido proves that people tend to put too much stock in their emotions. Dido was a excellent example of how people put too much stock in their emotions in that she basically thought that her several one night stands were true love, when they obviously weren’t. Dido was all distraught when Aeneas left because she was like I love him so much, but then, Aeneas was like well that was fun but I have to go. He then continues to call to his crew with, “ get the fleet ready for sea, but quietly, and collect the men on shore.” (Virgil lines 374-375) Then, after his ship and crew are assembled Aeneas tries to sneak off in the moonlight of the night but gets caught red-handed by Dido. If their love was true…

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    The death of ruler, especially during a war, often signifies the death and utter destruction of a community. Priam’s death as portrayed in both Virgil’s The Aeneid and Seneca’s Trojan Women shows the merciless slaughter of the king on an altar symbolizing the complete ruin of Troy. However, Virgil and Seneca portray Priam in a different light. In The Aeneid Priam is shown to be fighting to his death even though he is frail and old, whereas Seneca focuses on Priam’s death as just one of the many…

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    Duty In The Aeneid

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    Duty and Responsibility Above All Along with Aeneas’s decisi Many people seem to take for granted all the United States’s veterans have done for Americans, including fighting for freedom for all. These audacious soldiers act upon their responsibilities and know their duties which cause them to be able to complete such a brave task. The Aeneid, a national epic written by the Roman poet Virgil, contains characters who perform much like United States’s veterans. The Aeneid is the story…

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    Aeneas is the prime example of what it means to represent pietas. Pietas is a custom that Romans used to describe ones duty and or loyalty to their family, the gods, and their city. Throughout book two Aeneas continuously shows how he goes above and beyond to fulfill his pietas to his father Anchises, his wife Creusa, and his beloved city of Troy. While Aeneas constantly fulfilled pietas by making sacrifices that not only affected him, but also his family this built Aeneas character molding him…

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    But night like a black cloud about his head whirls down in awful gloom” (6.810-815). Anchises answers tearfully, “Oh, do not ask about this huge grief of your people, son. Fate will give earth only a glimpse of him, not let the boy live on” (6.818-821). This portion of the catalogue is the first time Aeneas speaks and the only time Anchises has tears in his eyes. The account of a young, strong soldier dying in war shows a more personal, human side to war that Aeneas now sees will greatly affect…

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    Aphrodite tells the story of the god of beauty’s encounter with mortal Anchises. Plagued with an overwhelming desire of lust instilled in her by Zeus, the myth goes on to tell how Aphrodite seduced Anchises into sleeping with her. At first glance, the tale seems so embodied with sexual elements and hedonism that it leaves readers wondering if there is any underlying greater meaning to the story aside from the pursuit of pleasure. Careful analysis of the myth conveys an important message,…

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    gods and family (pietas). These types of loves can be described through Diotima’s speech. Diotima defines love as the desire to give birth to beautiful ideas that last forever; she argues that love is not fully knowledgeable or ignorant, and that the soul is more beautiful than the body. These ideals can be seen through the love Juno has for Carthage, the love Aeneas has for pietas, and the love Anchises has for Aeneas. (does this need more of an intro sentence?) Juno has a love for Carthage…

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    Greek myths, the god’s use of deception is more prevalent and relevant in Ancient Greek culture. When examining three examples of god’s deceptive actions, Aphrodite’s, Athena’s, and Prometheus’s, the role for which the gods use deception becomes more clear. These three myths are examples that emphasize how gods usually have similar intentions, employ a heightened sense of deception, and encounter the power of Zeus when enacting the various forms of deception. To begin, Hymn to Aphrodite,…

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    The Aeneid conveys an important theme of duty. Aeneas goes so far as to introduce himself as dutiful to his cause. He always does what he knows is his duty, even if he does not want to. There are many examples of his dutiful attitude; in the first part of the book, Aeneas tells Dido his story of the Trojan War and explains how the Greeks came out of the Trojan horse and destroyed the city. At the time, he wanted to stay and fight, but as their leader, he had a duty to his crew. Not wanting to…

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    In the article “Anger And The Veil In Ancient Greek Culture” by D. L Cairns the author talks about the non-verbal expressions in ancient Greek culture with the reference of the use of veils and similar garments as the meaning of anger. The article explains the different use of gesture of veiling as a response to different things. The article discusses different scenes in ancient literature where characters showed anger or denial of visual communication. This relates to the idea that conflicts…

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