Study Guide: The Aeneid
The father-son relationship is very important for the Aeneid, more than any other in father-son pairs: Anchises-Aeneas, Aeneas-Ascanius, Mezentius-Lausus. Lausus ('filius huic iuxta Lausus', ) Mezentius is heading the catalogue of .. the father-son relationship, a union which was most dear to every Roman, that. ways in which an Epicurean Mezentius complicates the reader's evaluation tion, Mezentius' close relationship with his son Lausus dominates the last part.
In the epic, Lausus shows so much love and respect for his father that he even goes so far as to lose own life for him. Mezentius though, is so upset and feels so much guilt for his song dying trying to save him. Am I, your father, saved by your wounds, by your death do I live?
Because he is filled with such guilt, he finds that it is unbearable for him to live. Mezentius then takes to the battle field where he plans to deliberately lose his life. He matches up with Aeneas on the battlefield, with his final words being a plea for him and his son to be buried alongside one another.
Last but not least, we see the relationship between Aeneas and his own son. Good fortune learn from others. My sword arm now will be your shield in battle and introduce you to the boons of war.
When, before long, you come to man's estate, be sure that you recall this.
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Revelation of the future: Anchises shows to Aeneas the waiting souls of the future, who turn out to be kings and leaders of the Roman race, stretching down to Vergil's day: Two gates of Sleep, horn and ivory: Aeneas and the Sibyl exit by the ivory gate! Palinurus, the helmsman Sibyl, the priestess of Apollo at Cumae, who acts as Aeneas' guide down into the Underworld Deiphobus, the Trojan who wed Helen after Paris' death, for which his body was mutilated by the Greeks Styx, main river of the Underworld Lethe means "forgetfulness" in Greekriver in the Underworld where souls drink to forget their past lives before returning to the world above Romulus, legendary first king of Rome itself, nurtured with his brother Remus by a she-wolf, and thus emblematic of Rome's hardy beginnings.
Marcellus, nephew and presumed heir to Augustus, who died unexpectedly in 23 BC, shortly before this passage was written. Book 7 Aeneas lands in Latium. Juno stirs up war. Catalogue of Italian heroes. King Latinus entertains Aeneas, and promises him his only daughter, Lavinia, the heiress of his crown.
Turnus, being in love with her, favored by her mother, and stirred up by Juno and Allecto, breaks the treaty which was made, and engages in his quarrel Mezentius, Camilla, Messapus, and many others of the neighboring princes; whose forces, and the names of their commanders, are here related in a catalogue. Story of Latinus and daughter Lavinia: The Trojans land and in their hunger "eat the table" that is, the bread they are using to hold the wild fruits and veggies they're devouring: Ascanius's adolescent joke, but also the fulfillment of the prophecy by the harpy Calaeno -- the first Roman pizza!
Latinus receives the Trojans, and offers his daughter, Lavinia! Note the importance of omens in determining the action here, and the frequency of important omens generally in this part of the epic. Catalogue of Italian warriors. Allecto, a Fury Latium, the kingdom of Latinus, where the Latins live, and where Aeneas will eventually found Lavinium Latinus, king of Latium Lavinia, daughter of Latinus, and destined to be the wife of Aeneas, and his fellow ruler over Lavinium named after her Turnus, ruler of the Rutulians, and principal foe of Aeneas Mezentius, godless ruler of the Etruscans, another principal foe we'll see more of him later, esp.
Story of Hercules and Cacus. The war being now begun, both the generals make all possible preparations. Turnus sends to Diomedes. Evander receives him kindly, furnishes him with men, and sends his son Pallas with him.
Vulcan, at the request of Venus, makes arms for her son Aeneas, and draws on his shield the most memorable actions of his posterity.
Aeneas goes upstream with divine assistance and visits Evander. Evander promises the help of the Etruscans. Evander tells the story of Hercules and Cacus. Venus asks Vulcan to make Aeneas armor. The shield contains images of the many famous wars fought by Aeneas' descendants, culminating in the battle of Octavian over Marc Antony at Actium 31 BC.
Evander, local king of Pallanteum who sides with Aeneas against the Latins, and suggests the Etruscans as allies Pallas, the son of Evander he will become a Patroclus-like figure: Cacus, a man-eating, fire-breathing monster defeated and killed by Hercules for stealing his cattle Vulcan, husband of Venus, maker of the arms Cyclops, helpers of Vulcan at the forge note how different from Homer's Cyclopes!
The camp is hard pressed. Turnus takes advantage of Aeneas's absence, fires some of his ships which are transformed into sea nymphsand assaults his camp.
The Trojans, reduced to the last extremities, send Nisus and Euryalus to recall Aeneas; which furnishes the poet with that admirable episode of their friendship, generosity, and the conclusion of their adventures.
Turnus and allies attack the Trojan camp which is remarkably like a Roman fortification of the first century! Nisus and Euryalus go forth on a raiding expedition what sort of warrior and warrior relationship is this striking episode a model of?
The "aristeia" of Turnus: Nisus and Euryalus revisited: