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Virtues to the Romans were of the utmost importance Their virtues were much like ours in the fact that they are a particular excellence in a person that is commendable and a standard of morality The family country and gods were the most valued aspects of a Roman citizens life as stated in Religion in Virgil by Cyril Bailey The pietas then which is the expression of mans relation to the gods extends itself to the other members of these groups it is part of pietas to the gods to be in the right relation and to act aright toward the members of your own family and toward your stateBailey p80 There were many virtues to be loyal to but the ones the Romans prized most were steadfastness courage patience obedience to the will of the gods and reverence for ancestors Through the epic the Aeneid Aeneas gains the most important Roman virtues and becomes a true epic hero Aeneas is by no means a hero at the start of the story This can be seen by his reactions to the situations he is faced with at the beginning of the epic He often lets his emotions get the best of him but always listens to his father By giving Aeneas these human feelings Virgil makes the hero a more believable character This point is made by Jackson Knight in Roman Virgil Aeneas has high dignity the divine protection of his love-goddess mother valor and righteousness But the Aeneas of Virgil has the piety and loyalty and tenderness of a true Roman and simultaneously in the usual way of Homers Hector and he has too the courage and force of Homers Achilles and the reflectiveness in some degree though not the self-dependance of Homers Odysseus There might seem some danger of a character which would be all good and not human or sympathetic if the good qualities were thus to be taken from
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