The full-scale attack on
the Trojan camp begins.
Vergil invokes the Muse
to tell of the slaughter
dealt by Turnus; he kills
Helenor and Lycus.
Numanus makes a taunting speech, contrasting
the hard vigor of the Italians with the oriental
effeminacy of the Trojans: Ascanius kills him
with an arrow. Apollo appears to Ascanius and
prophesies a glorious future, but warns him that
from now on he must keep out of the fighting
until he is grown up.
Opis avenges the death of Camilla by shooting
down Arruns. The Latins are driven in flight, and
their city is besieged. Turnus is told of Camilla's
death, and he abandons his plan for an ambush
and returns to the capital.
In the moment of their defeat Turnus feels the
eyes of all the Latins are upon him; he tells King
Latinus that he will fight Aeneas in single
combat. Latinus tries to dissuade him, but
Turnus is all the more fiercely determined.
Amata beseeches him not to go, but Turnus
replies that he is not free to refuse. He arms
himself in rehearsal for the next day's combat.
Juno tells Juturna
that she herself can
do no more; if
Juturna can do
anything, then she
has authority from
Juno to act.
Juturna convinces the Rutulians to
break the truce
Aeneas attempts to prevent his men from
breaking the treaty, but is wounded by an arrow
from an unknown source.