Women in Virgil's Aeneid
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This paper examines the role of women in Greek and Roman society as seen through Virgil's epic poem, "The Aeneid." According to the paper, examining the role of women in the poem allows others to become more familiar with Greek and Roman culture, in addition to the roles that women played in it. Also, the paper points out that one may also glean a better understanding of Trojan culture as well. Various quotes from the poem are used throughout the paper to support some of the claims about the view of women and their place in these societies. The paper concludes by stating that despite that they may seem to hold positions that are equal with men, Virgil's "Aeneid" suggests that women are part of a low society in both Trojan and Latin culture.
From the Paper:"But when Jupiter reminds Aeneas that he needs to continue on his journey to Italy so that Rome can be founded, it is Dido who stands in his way. In a moment, Dido is transformed from the cool, collected woman who fled from Tyre with a band of refuges, took back the treasure that was rightfully hers, and founded and ruled Carthage with power and prestige. In a moment, Dido becomes an obstacle to Aeneas's affairs, and although he feels bad about having to leave her, he does not consider staying in order to make her happy. Instead, he tries to hide the fact that he is mobilizing his fleets again, suggesting that he is more interested in escaping her wrath than letting her down gently. At the end of their relationship, Aeneas is gone to fulfill his destiny, and Dido, feeling used, torn and desperate, is dead on her funeral pyre, having killed herself because of Aeneas's decision."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. John Dryden. 19 B.C.E. The Internet Classics Archive. MIT. 3 June 2009. <http://classics.mit.edu//Virgil/aeneid.html>
Cite this Book Review:
Women in Virgil's Aeneid (2011, November 16) Retrieved September 24, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/women-in-virgil-aeneid-148981/
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