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The subtlety in the differences between Aneas and Turnus reflectthe subtlety in the differences between the Aeneid and the Iliad Althoughboth characters are devout and noble Aneas does not possess the ardentpassion of Turnus Unlike Turnus Aneas is able to place his beliefs inthe fated establishment of Latium before his personal interests AlthoughTurnus is not a bad person the gods favor Aneas in their schemes Theroles of Aneas and Turnus are reversed as the Aeneid progresses Theerasure of Aneas free will accounts for his triumph and successTime and time again Aneas courage loyalty and will are testedin the Aeneid Through seemingly endless journeys by sea through love leftto wither and through war and death Aneas exhibits his anchoredprincipals and his unwavering characterOf arms I sing and the hero destinys exileWho in the grip of immortal powers was poundedBy land and sea to sate the implacable hatredof Juno who suffered bitterly in his battlesAs he strove for the site of his city and safe harboringFor his Gods in Latium Virgil 7As a slave to the gods and their plans Aneas assimilates his mind andsacrifices his life to the establishment of Latium As the greatest of allwarriors Aneas displays his superb strength and his leadershipcapabilities by guiding the Trojans to victory over the latins andestablishing Latium The selflessness of Aneas and his devotion to theGods enables him to leap over and break through any obstacles thatobstruct his destiny Patterned after Homers Hector Virgils Turnus isalso a courageous and devout hero As the most handsome of RutiliansTurnus nobility reflects his physical appearance he is a god-fearinglibation-bearing soldier Turnus was greatly admired and respected by hissubjects by far the fairest of Italian men Was Turnus favored bothin his noble forbears And by the queen who advanced his claims withUnlike Turnus Aneas is able to place his beliefs in Rome beforehis own interests that is the defining characteristic of Aneas heroismLeaving Dido the beautiful and passionate Carthaginian Queen
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