Love In The Aeneid

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Juno proves love is power, but later love is abused through romance. In the beginning of Book II, Aeneas is very willing to discuss his past with Dido. Dido listens patiently to Aeneas, while he reveals his past. Aeneas even mentions a beautiful vision of his mother, “my gracious mother stood there before me; and across the night she gleamed with pure light, unmistaken goddess, as lovely and as tall as she appeared” (Virgil, Aeneid 2.795-298). Aeneas throughout Book III is still talking about his encounter with the Trojans. He means to be romantic, but Aeneas’ story delivers familial love. The loyalty and leadership established by Aeneas relinquishes a swagger that ultimately justifies who Aeneas is. Aeneas displays great care when honoring…show more content…
Vergil references Horace, Ovid, and other ancient writers quite often. Roman literature through various works of other authors touched on military history confining with tragedy, comedians, and history. In Greek, tragedy, especially in Homer’s work, human existence, and therefore love, is based on divinities. Status of both men and women were important in Greek Literature, but not as important as duties and morals. Homer’s Odyssey sends a powerful message detailing the power a married man or women can have. Homer writes, "There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." (Murray, Homer, Odyssey 6.175-185). In Amours, Ovid describes love as a forum for his poems, displaying the importance of affection. In Book I of the Elegy, Ovid is writing about touches on warmth, “Love come late will not fill your song” (Kline, Ovid, Amores 1.7:1-26). The difference in the style between Ovid’s writing and Virgil’s is that Aeneid demonstrates stories of military policy utilizing love the achievement of a goal. Whether it be Roman or Greek literature, both style’s establish love as a tragedy where the end is not justified. Virgil’s text describes a basis that follows the same elegance of Ovid. Apollonius, Argonautica shares similarities with Virgil’s the Aeneid. For instance, when…show more content…
The love story of Dido and Aeneas is the main focus as Dido’s love becomes greater. Dido discusses the relationship with her sister. The use of the word fire signifies repetition in a variety of responses. Dido says, “I know too well the signs of the old flame. But I should call upon the earth to gape and close above me, or on the almighty Father to take his thunderbolt,”(Virgil, Aeneid 4.27-4.30). Her sister then replies, “Do you think ashes or buried Shades will care about such matter?” (Virgil, Aeneid 4.42-43). The way flame is used reveals Dido’s sister’s feelings about the relationship. When the word flame is utilized the meaning of love is a representation of Dido’s commitment to Aeneas. Throughout Book II and III, Vergil uses many literary devices to describe Aeneas’ past to Dido. Love in this sense is obtained through familial love, because love discusses the sense of loyalty and family, and of respect. Love for Aeneas is supposed to be visual, “But now, when I had reached my father’s threshold, Anchises’ ancient house, our home-and I longed so to carry him to the high mountains and sought him first-he will not let his life be drawn after Troy has fallen,” (Virgil, Aeneid 2.857-860). Aeneas’ care for his father demonstrates similarities between romantic and familial love. Romantic love is obtained by being truthful and passionate. While

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