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Epic battles, meddlesome gods, a great city’s downfall, a heartbroken queen—these are the subjects of The Aeneid, an epic poem by the ancient Roman writer Virgil. The story begins with the destruction of Troy in the aftermath of the Trojan War. As the city crumbles and burns, the Trojan hero Aeneas and his men flee their former home and set out to found a new city. On foot and by sea Aeneas and his men search for a place to settle and are subject to the capricious—and dangerous—whims of the gods. Eventually they land in Carthage, the North African city ruled by Queen Dido. The exotic queen and Aeneas fall passionately in love, but when the gods reveal to Aeneas that his destiny lies elsewhere, their love is doomed. The hero departs Carthage, leaving Dido behind, and continues on to Latium. There he and his men face one final battle that will determine the fate of the travelers—and, unbeknownst to them, the world.
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Virgil--Publius Vergilius Maro--was born at Andes near Mantua, in the year 70 B.C. His life was uneventful, though he lived in stirring times, and he passed by far the greater part of it in reading his books and ...
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