Nature Of Piety In The Aeneid

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The Aeneid’s main protagonist, Aeneas, leader of the Trojans, and his chief antagonist Turnus, the military leader of the Latin forces, epitomize the values possessed by leaders and how their values impact societal development. The Aeneid demonstrates how a leader's piety (devotion to his cause), virtus (valor / strength), dignitas (honor /morals) and clementia (humility, mercifulness) defines not only who they are but also how the these values relate to and influence the society, culture and civilization that develops. A individual leaders virtues, motives and purpose are the foundation upon which his stewardship and actions mold the societal relationship that develops as well as the rules and characteristics of the civilization that ensues. The traditional Roman virtue of pietas or devotion to one's religion, family, country and the Gods is defined as the dutifulness that guides the leader’s behavior. Aeneas’ fate is to find a homeland for his people, a new Troy…show more content…
He is committed to action and chooses to die fighting for his beliefs rather than to survive having compromised his principles. He demonstrated to his people the importance of loyalty, trustworthiness and integrity. Through his selfless dedication to his people the important virtue of virtus (bravery / valor) was evident. He made great sacrifices and was a truly heroic character. He acted with a sense of urgency and importance in his mission and was decisive in his approach. His relationship with the people as well as the other leaders in his society was one of great respect and admiration. The King would give his own daughter to Turnus and the queen was willing to sacrifice herself for him. This relationship of trust between leaders and followers enhances a society and increases the overall cohesiveness and dedication for the group’s best

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