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Who Was Aeneas

Who Was Aeneas

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Published by: Ren Aezzle Garcia Aceveda on Jun 30, 2012
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Who was Aeneas? Aeneas was the son of Venus and was among the most famous Trojans on the Trojanside. After a long journey over land and sea he reached Italy where he killed those that did not want himto enter the country, married the daughter of a powerful king, and founded a city.
Aeneas and the Trojans built many settlements after they left Troy but were forced to leave thembecause of misfortunes or bad omens. Then Aeneas was told in a dream that they would settle in a faroff land and that was where they would live. All the Trojans were excited that they would at some timehave a land of their own. But they did not know of the dangers ahead. Like the Argonauts they came uponthe harpies but they were driven back into the sea to escape them.
Next they met Hector's wife Andromache. She was delighted to see them and greeted them withgreat joy. Her new husband, the Trojan prophet Helenus gave them helpful advice about how to get toItaly while avoiding the hazards. He told them that they could not take the shortest way there but hadto go up and around the western coast and that is where they would build their city. They kept sailingand when they reached Sicily landed with no worries because Helenus had not warned them not go there.
If not for one of Ulysses's men that had been left on accident after they had drilled out the Cyclopeseye. He ran to them and told them that the island was occupied by Cyclopes'. They quickly boarded theships and began to set sail. When they were a little off shore Polyphemus came down to clean his eye outand heard the splashing of the oars. He tried to go after them but the water was too deep where theywere even for his height. After they had escaped they were met by a very large storm that revealed thebottom of the sea. They soon learned that Juno was behind it. She knew that Aeneas would destroy herfavorite city so she decided to try to stop him.
This might have worked if Neptune had not stopped the waves and made it an easy passage to goashore near Carthage. Juno knew that there was a queen there named Dido. She knew that if she couldget Aeneas and Dido together then there would be less chance of him leaving. But Venus wanted Aeneasto settle Rome so she told Cupid to only make Dido fall in love with Aeneas but let Aeneas just recieveher gifts. Aeneas stayed there awhile but left after Mercury came to him to tell him to move on. WhenAeneas told the Dido that he had to leave she fled and hid where no one could find her. They left thatnight and as they left they saw a bright fire. They did not know that when Dido found that Aeneas hadleft she had killed herself and this was her funeral pyre.
Journeying from Carthage to the west coast was going. Unfourtuneately, their trusted pilot Painurusdrowned. When he reached Italy, he searched for the cave of Sibyl of Cumae, just like Helenuscommanded him to. Once he met Sibyl, she offered to help Aeneas through the underworld, where hewould hear something compelling from his dead father Anchises. She also warned him of the dangersthat layed ahead. She told him that in order to be admitted into Hades kingdom, that he must cut of agolden bough of a living tree.
When Aeneas and Achates were searching for such a sacred bough, they caught sight of two of Venus'doves, which led them to Lake Avernus. This dark, foul-smelling lake was where Sibyl had had said theentrance to the underworld was. Having found the entrance and the magical bough and lugging around the

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