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It is obvious that there are numerous qualities that make up a hero in BCE Roman culture However the quality that stands out against all others is the virtue of pietas or devotion to duty Virgil quite possibly Romes greatest poet exhibited this devotion to duty in the writing of The Aenid Virgil devoted the last ten years of his life to the story of the hero Aenas and his long adventure back to Rome Even after a ten years of making this great epic he wished it to be burned because it did not meet his criteria for publishing Overfeild 139 This action alone shows the reader that Virgils devotion to duty was tremendous Luckily the epic was not burned and readers can now see the virtue of pietas in the warrior-hero Aeneas In Aeneas long journey back to Rome he enters the underworld to consult the spirit of his father Anchises His father whose face was drenched with copious amounts of tears Overfeild 140 was obviously ecstatic seeing the face of his son However Aeneas would have none of it He was there for a reason and did not wish sympathize with his father Three times his father attempted to hug him and three times Aeneas escaped out his hands like weightless winds Overfield 140 Through this the reader can see Aeneas harsh sense of duty which gave him his heroic elements The concept of destiny is present in numerous parts of the epic Through the reading one can fully grasp the concept of what destiny meant to the Roman culture The Romans believed that each persons destiny was predetermined even before the spirit entered the human world This concept is present throughout the story For example after telling Aeneas about the souls yearning for the light Anchises takes him on a hill and speaks of each one He begins pointing out many great men and describing exactly what they will do when
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