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  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Characters
    • Aeneas – The hero of the story
    • Dido – Queen of Carthage and Aeneas’s lover
    • Anchises – Aeneas’ father
    • Aschates – Aneneas’ friend and constant companion
    • Creusa – Aeneas’ first wife
    • Iulus (Ascanius) – Aeneas’ son
  • Gods
    • Juno (Hera) – Enemy of Aeneas and his companions
    • Venus (Aphrodite) – Mother and helper of Aeneas
    • Jupiter (Zues) – Father and most powerful of the gods
    • Neptune – God of the sea, usually friendly
    • Fate or the Fates (Moirae) – supernatural forces more powerful than the gods that cause events
  • Book One - Storm
    • Aneas and companions driven by storm
    • Land on the coast of North Africa
    • Queen Dido of Carthage welcomes Aneneas
    • Aeneas begins to tell his story
  • Book Two – The sack of Troy
    • The story of the sack of Troy
    • War between Greeks and Trojans over Helen
    • Wooden horse left outside walls by Greeks
    • City of Troy sacked
    • Aeneas escapes with his family
    • Aeneas’ wife dies
  • Book Three - Journeys
    • Aeneas describes how and his fellow exiles wandered the Mediterranean for seven years
  • Book Four – Dido and Aeneas
    • Dido falls in love with Aeneas
    • Development of the romance
    • Mercury reminds Aeneas of his destiny
    • Aeneas leaves Carthage and Dido to continue his quest
    • Dido kills herself
  • Book Five - Sports
    • Aeneas sails to Sicily where he holds a sports festival in honour of his dead father, and then sails on to Italy
    • Aeneas descends into the underworld
    • He meets both his father and Dido
    • He is shown the great destiny which awaits the Roman people
    Book Six – The Underworld
    • The Trojans fight numerous battles with the people of Italy and are finally victorious
    Books 7-12