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Greeks Verses Romans I thought that both of these stories were very interesting to read The Greeks and Romans had similarities and differences in their cultures I will discuss the similarities and differences of their cultures and the stories of Medea and Aeneid Both the Roman and the Greeks respected and feared their gods Romans preferred war It was in their nature to fight They were raised to battle Romans were not well rounded their main or only study growing up was physical training and military science Aeneas was very much Roman in this way Aeneas was very skilled on the battlefield Greek heroes were well rounded Greeks would study music dancing rhetoric philosophy mathematics physical training and military science Studying rhetoric philosophy and mathematics made Greeks more useful citizens The Greeks two main beliefs were know thyself and nothing in excess Roman heroes were considered great because of their achievements on the battlefield Unlike a Greek hero a Roman hero could not be overcome by emotion or lack of self-control Aeneas lost his best friend Pallas during the war to the enemy Turnus However he was not overcome by thoughts of revenge as he continued fighting Roman spirit was the major influence of the Aeneid Unlike the Greek heroes Aeneas did not let is emotions interfere with his goals This trait helped him to accomplish his goal even though Aeneas did not get to see Rome after all his sacrifices Virgils goal in writing the Aeneid is to present Aeneas as a pious individual and thus giving Rome a glorious founding By closing the novel with an act of rage however Virgil portrays Aeneas as a ruthless killer The ending is inappropriate because it casts doubt on the very reason for which Virgil wrote the Aeneid Aeneas is presented as someone who is the model of pietas Romans must show piety towards his family his country and above all piety to the Gods
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