The Aeneid

What is the basic story of this epic?

The Aeneid takes place after the Trojan War. It focuses on a man named Aeneas, as he travels from the ruins of Troy to Italy. There he will establish a race that will lead to the founding of Rome. Juno (who is the Roman version of the goddess Hera) has a burning hatred towards the Trojans, so she sabotages and attempts to delay Aeneas’s journey by creating a romance between Aeneas and a girl named Dido. Juno also caused a war between the Trojans and the Latins, causing suffering for Aeneas and all who encountered him during his journey. 

Western Civ: 50


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