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Virgil portrays Aeneas as a Trojan hero a warrior who will lead his people to safety found a new Trojan state and establish order in his and his countrymans lives Aeneas is the embodiment of Roman virtues He is the dutiful servant of fate and of the gods he is an exemplary leader of his people and he is a devoted father and son I disagree with the question because Aeneas has demonstrated appropriate pietas of devotion to ones family country and mission Aeneass character possesses human qualities as well He is presented as a flawed mortal man a man with feelings Aeneas easily fulfills the patriotic role as leader of his people He provides for his people when they find a safe harbor on the North African coast of Libya by making sure they have food to eat and he comforts and motivates them by reminding them of their destined homeland In Book III Aeneas becomes more comfortable with his role as leader When he is in Thrace Aeneas tells I plotted out on that curved shore the walls of a colony Though fate opposed it and I devised the name Aeneadae for the people my own By dividing the land into homesteads Aeneas attempts to bring order and security to his people Even though Polydorus advises Aeneas to leave Thrace he first consults other leaders of the people before making a decision he does not abuse his power Aeneass people never question his judgment they consistently acquiesce to his decisions for example during the athletic games when Aeneas declares Euryalus the winner of the foot race in spite of Salius being tripped by Nisus Aeneas gives gifts to all the participants and exhibits his confidence as a leader by saying all the right things at the right time When the Trojans reach Lavinia Aeneas continues to act as the good ruler He sends gifts to Latinus and makes plans for a
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