Virgil Biography

The eldest of three sons — his brother Silo died in childbirth, and Flaccus, his other brother, lived only to young manhood — Virgil came from a prosperous family. His father, an industrious potter and cattle farmer, married his landlord’s daughter, worked at beekeeping, and invested in the lumber industry. […]

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Character Analysis Turnus

Turnus’s character as antagonist serves a similar purpose in the second half of The Aeneid as did Dido’s character in the first half. Turnus’s militant fury is the counterpart to Dido’s erotic fury. Like Dido, Turnus is an individualist who follows his own will to the point of excess, and […]

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Character Analysis Dido

Because Juno and Venus manipulate Dido and Aeneas, Dido becomes infatuated with Aeneas. She neglects the building projects that are underway in Carthage and the city’s defense is not maintained. Virgil warns that love out of control can cause disorder, both physically and emotionally. He notes, “What good are shrines […]

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Character Analysis Aeneas

In his role as dutiful servant of fate and of the gods, Aeneas never loses sight of his goal. Aeneas is “a man apart, devoted to his mission, a dedicated man.” He tells Dido that he is “duty-bound.” Aeneas faces adversity without ever losing faith in the will of fate. […]

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Summary and Analysis Book X

Meanwhile, the fighting outside the Trojans’s camp grows more furious, and there are many casualties on both sides. With a fleet of thirty ships filled with Etruscan warriors and Evander’s forces, Aeneas begins the journey from Agylla to where the battle is being fought. During the night, before the fleet […]

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