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The Aeneid by Publius Vergilius Maro Virgil is one of the most important pieces of classical literature because it had such an immeasurable impact on the Roman world The Aeneid gives modern scholars an important tool in understanding both Roman mythology and the times during which the Aeneid was written during the reign of Romes first emperor Augustus Under Augustus Roman memories of the bitter civil wars that had plagued Rome for a century and the resulting chaos gave all Romans a sense of insecurity The epic poem the Aeneid was commissioned by Augustus with the hope of uniting all Romans and giving them a sense of shared history worthy of pride and containing lessons to emulate Virgils works are often compared to those of the Greek poet Homer The Aeneid was written in a way that lacked the originality of the Homeric epics however the two authors use similar themes and character which share common traits Virgil intended to surpass the Homeric epics in quality while at the same time relying on them heavily an element that draws criticism from many modern scholars The Aeneid tells the story of the Trojan hero Aeneass dangerous flight from Troy to Italy following the Trojan War It was prophesied by Apollo that in Italy Aeneass descendents would go on to found the great city of Rome As Aeneas and his companions sail towards Rome a storm sends them off course and they land in Carthage Carthages founder and queen Dido welcomes them and encourages Aeneas to tell her the tale of how the city of Troy fell and the events of their journey that led them to Carthage Aeneas complies and tells a detailed story of the events of the war Some elements of his story mirror those found in the Homeric epics such as the Greek gift of the wooden horse to the Trojans With intervention by the gods Dido falls in
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