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The Greek and Roman spirit influenced the book Aeneid in many ways Virgil made Aeneas behavior such that he was fully qualified to be called a Roman hero Aeneas reflected very few Greek traits He was very much the Roman heroGreek heroes were very different from Roman heroes Will Durant author of Caesar and Christ says It the Aeneid would also show the role of Roman character in these achievements and seek to make ancient virtues popular it would picture its hero as reverent of the gods and guided by them and would fall in as Augusta reformation of morals and faith 239Greek 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 Greeks strove for arete According to Hastings arete is excellence Roman heroes were considered great because of their achievements on the battle field Even though the Roman and Greek minds are greatly different they have a few similarities Both the Romans and Greeks had 1polis They did however have different definitions of home The one thing remains constant is that they would both risk their lives to reach home Aeneas had to risk his life to journey from Troy to reach Italy where Rome was established To the Romans the state had to be placed above ones needs The Greek definition of home is more family Both the Roman and the Greeks respected and feared their gods Aeneas had gods helping and hindering him The goddess Juno was Aeneas enemy Juno often interfered with Aeneas life Juno tried to prevent Aeneas from reaching his goal Aeneas goal was to establish Rome The Greeks believed that anything that was pointless was like punishment Like the Greeks the Romans could see little sense in doing something that had no definite conclusionAs said before Greeks had
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