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How Virgil Saw Women Maxwell C Bedley In The Aeneid of Virgil Virgil creatively discusses his view of women in Roman society He used characteristics that were common among all of his women roles yet each woman had strength in one of the categories The characteristics of the women can be broken down into a group that is called pietas which are the virtuous displays of courage with undying love for family country and the gods I believe that Virgil wanted to show his readers that the women of Rome were virtuous people that have the ideal characteristics of all the Romans he used Creusa Camilla and Dido as his main female roles to show that women had courage and the virtues of piety Creusa Aeneas first wife played a central role to the poem complimenting the heroic males The virtue that was deeply rooted in her was dedication to ones family She wants to be with her son and her husband regardless of whether it means death or to stay and fight In death Creusa comes back to the land of the living to make sure that her husband looks after their son Creusa is the first woman that we are introduced to in the Aeneid She is also the first woman to characterize women as having courage and being pious In our first description of her she is clinging to Aeneas feet beside the threshold of their bedroom At the same time she is passionately lifting their son Iulus to Aeneas while saying If you go off to die then take us too to face all the things with you but if your past still lets you put your hope in arms which now you have put on then first protect this house The Aeneid of Virgil Book II Line 910 Virgil wanted to show that women understood that family is important which is why he has her trying
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