Reviews of Aeneid, the (-19)
Review by Tamarah (2003-03-30)
<p>After the Trojan War the Trojan soldier, Aeneas, sails his ship and crew away from his home and towards a new land: Rome. After the winds sail his ship into Carthage, Aeneas falls in love with the Carthage queen, Dido, to whom he tells his story, as so far: beginning with the Trojan war and their escape from the fallen city, to the few townships they attempted to build only to be driven away by plagues, bad omens and the bleak fates distributed by Harpies. After a few years of loving companionship, however, the gods remind Aeneas of his ultimate fate of founding Rome. When he leaves, Dido kills herself with the sword Aeneas left behind and cremates her body on the pyre she had built for her lover's departure from her land. As Aeneas's ship plods toward Italy it gets blown off course momentarily to Sicily, where many of his frustrated crew and passengers stay. After Aeneas finally reaches Italy, the Sibyl of Cumae takes him to the underworld to visit his father, and other Roman heroes to further direct him in his journey. Aeneas and his men reach Latium peacefully, but mismanagement of King Latinus's daughter's marriage plans creates a rupture of clamor between the Latium and Trojan communities. King Latinus intended her hand to go to Aeneas while his wife had anticipated it to go to a local boy, Turnus. War breaks out with the direct help of Turnus. Aeneas takes the advice of a river god, Tiberinus, and sails north on the Tiber to ask other tribes to join him in his battle. During his voyage his mother, Venus, gives him new weapons that had been wrought by Vulcan, and returns to sporadic battles. Aeneas eventually kills Turnus, but not until he had his one blow into Aeneas's thigh, and not until many countrymen on both sides were killed in battle. The end result in the victory of this war is the abandonment of the name "Trojans" and the adoption of "Latins" to create a unified country, and Aeneas being the first Roman citizen.