Virgils’ Aeneid

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Plan of epic poem on founder of Rome. Discusses role of 4 female characters.

The story of Virgil’s Aeneid is a foundation myth in which Aeneas, fleeing the wreckage of Troy, struggles through many difficulties to fulfill the role fate has assigned him as the founder of Rome. In one sense it is the story of how he manages to survive the machinations of a number of strong, uncontrolled women in order to get to the cipher-like Lavinia who, as the future ‘mother’ of Rome, is completely virtuous. Of the few female characters in the Aeneid the most important are the goddesses Juno and Venus, Dido, queen of Carthage, and Lavinia, daughter of the king of Laurentum in Latium. The first three women (the goddesses share traits common to many human women) are examples of the conception of women as unruly creatures whose passionate natures create trouble and complications that men must correct. These three women are also given to irrational and…

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