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One might call Aeneas a behind the scenes man in the book The Iliad Though he was second in command for the Trojans Homer rarely talked about the unsung hero His childhood was different than most children his age Without a dominant mother figure in his life Aeneas learned his values and beliefs from his warrior father Anchises a Trojan prince One also might believe that since Aeneas had a fighting machine for a father that he would grow to be one also Though as it is shown through his participation in the Trojan War Aeneas is not exactly like Anchises After the fall of the Trojans in the war his destiny awaits Born in Troy to Anchises and Aphrodite the goddess of love Aeneas was born into a very wealthy family Aeneas being the son of a Trojan prince never had to worry about a home or food Aeneas lived in a Trojan palace until later in his childhood when a stable home could not be relied on When he wasnt at home in the palace he traveled with his father and most likely stayed in wealthy houses along the way or simply in the barracks if he went with his father to an army site Soon after he was born his father and inevitably a nurse or nanny raised Aeneas as it was proper for a wealthy man not to simply raise Aeneas on his own Also since it was Zeus forbade that anyone know that Aphrodite was Aeneas real mother from the minute he was born Aeneas was denied a dominant mother figure most children had when they are young Aeneas began childhood unlike most children his age He probably traveled with his father a great deal as he grew older learning about war and fighting tactics Along the way and on visits home a tutor educated him since most wealthy boys were educated at a young age Being an
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