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Summary Publius Virgilius Maros the Aeneid is a tale of arms and a man Fated to be exile he was the first to sail from the land of Troy and reach Italy and its Lavinian shore Virgils Aeneid is about the Trojan hero Aeneas and his travelings to eventually start the Roman Empire The Aeneid was a very subjective poem the praise of Augustus Caesar and the Roman Empire clearly echoes Virgils own beliefs Rome had just finished a bloody civil war a few decades before this writing and needed a strong moral compass which is what Virgil hoped to provide The glory of the war was a main part in the Roman society it was what made the Roman Empire extend from the northern border of Africa to the cold dark coast of the Atlantic Ocean To do this they needed the mightiest army on earth filled with young eager men to make the empire proud of them Virgil knew this and decided to install that sense of pride in AeneasI fixed on a door-frontal a shield of hallowed bronze which had once been carried by the mighty Abas and under it wrote a memorial Armor captured from victorious Greeks and dedicated by Aenas This shows all young Roman men that with war come the spoils of war To recruit all these young men all they have to do is read that passage and show them what happens when they fight Virgil wanted to make the citizens of Rome remember all their glorious past accomplishments and remember how great their ruler is To do this he told of all the past accomplishments on a shield made by Vulcan and given to Aenas On one side was Augustus Caesar leading Italians into battle having with him the senate and populace the little Gods of Home and the Great Gods of the race When the people see this they remember their great leader Caeser and all
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