Hospitality In The Aeneid

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Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. In the Aeneid, plenty of acts of hospitality and inhospitable actions are both shown through out the novel. Aeneas and his trojan soldiers run in to both hospitable characters and inhospitable characters causing great excitement, as well as very tough hardship. Hospitality through out this novel is important because it not only provides a safe and welcoming environment to those who are stuck and left wondering if they have the option to continue traveling, but provides a friendship between complete strangers, freeing them to act and behave in a positive way. Even though there are multiple acts of great hospitality shown, some inhospitable actions by specific characters cause some major difficulties and challenges for the Trojan soldiers. Very inhospitable actions are taken place by Juno, a Greek goddess. Juno is not a fan of Aeneas in the slightest. Juno feels this way for two main reasons. First off, she has a strong hate towards the Trojans in general. This is because of a a Trojan prince named Paris, who did not pick Juno as the winner of a beauty contest. Her second reasoning for feeling the way she does is because of her love for Carthage, the city that in a few years is bound to go to war with Rome, also known as the the place Aeneas is…show more content…
She could of easily kicked Aeneas and his soldiers off the island, or had them killed or punished for trespassing. But instead, Dido’s kind actions and generosity left such a positive impact on the story itself because it not only gave the Trojans the option to stay in her welcoming city of Carthage, but allowed them to grow a wonderful and positive friendship with Queen Dido and all the Carthage citizens, making them act and feel important and positive in an effective
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