Father-Son Relationships in the Aenei by Caroline Muse on Prezi
Duty is a recurring theme throughout Virgil's The Aeneid. he requests that Aeneas remember the relationship he had with his own father Achises (p. to leave his people, particularly his son Ascanius, a rich and stable legacy in Italy (p. OF THE GUEST-HOST RELATIONSHIP IN AENEID Near the end of the Trojans.6 Otis felt that the episode foreshadows the death of Anchises,7 while Savage and McKay . of Aeneas' wanderings was the gradual revelation of his goal. The most easily noticable examples of this type of relationship are between Aeneas with his mother, Venus, Aeneas and his son, Ascanius, and Aeneas and his.
Aeneas also shows piety through his dedication to giving his companions proper burial rites. This was very important in the Roman world because it meant that the person's soul could progress into the underworld. In the book he holds elaborate funeral ceremonies for his father and Pallas, the latter being the more outstanding because Aeneas actually collects living sacrifice victims from among the prisoners they have taken from the Rutulians.
Aeneas And Revenge Another quality which was central to the Roman way of life was revenge. Augustus himself cited revenge as the reason for his raising army at the beginning of the triumvirate. He claimed that he had to avenge the death of his father, Julius Caesar, by going after Mark Antony and killing him and the other conspirators involved in the murder.
The Romans, in particular Augustus, claimed that all their wars were carried out for revenge and there were numerous temples to Mars Ultor, or Mars the Avenger, in the City.
Aeneas displays this all important quality in Book Twelve. When he first arrived in Italy he had sought support from King Evander in Pallantium, and the King had sent his own son, Pallas into the battle for Aeneas.
In Book Ten Pallas was cruelly slaughtered by Turnus and it is for this act that Aeneas seeks revenge. Right at the end of the Aeneid, Aeneas sees that Turnus is still wearing the sword belt of Pallas on his shoulder and flies into a rage.
So despite the fact that Turnus surrenders and begs Aeneas to spare his life, Aeneas kills him harshly and mercilessly saying: In spite of this Aeneas principally hates war. This was one of Augustus' main claims during his rule: Aeneas does not want war when he lands in Italy.
This is demonstrated in Book Ten as he is about to kill Lausus and he says to him: You're too rash, fighting out of your class;' Virgil, The Aeneid. Aeneas And His Father The relationship between father and son was of great importance in the Roman world.
The head of the family, or the paterfamilias, had a duty to his son but the son also had to be loyal to his father. Aeneas displays both of these duties.
As a son he is dedicated to his father Anchaises in carrying him from the ruins of Troy since he was unable to walk himself. While he is alive Aeneas shares the rule of the Trojans with his father and is guided by him in all matters.
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It is Anchaises who urges Aeneas to leave Troy and it is his ghost who chides Aeneas in a dream for staying to long with Dido when his destiny awaits him. When Anchaises dies Aeneas buries his father and builds him a burial mound to commemorate his death. When, one year after his death, the Trojan ships reach the place where Anchaises was buried Aeneas holds the Trojan Games in his father's honour and performs a sacrifice for Anchaises.
In the middle of the book Aeneas is told he has to go down into the underworld and it is only really his love for his father and his desire to see him again that gives him the courage to make the terrible journey.
Aeneas As A Father Aeneas is frequently referred to as father, or 'pater' in the Latin, usually in context of the care he takes of his men. He is constantly concerned for their welfare above his own.
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An example of this is when he confronts Turnus in Book Twelve and demands that they fight each other alone, for the quarrel is between them and should not involve the lives of their men.
He is also called father as he is the father of the Roman race. In founding Italy Aeneas is responsible for his son's future and all the sons that shall come from him and it is this that drives him once he has seen all the unborn heroes of Rome during his visit to the underworld.
Aeneas' shield bearing the deeds of Augustus at Actium reminds us that this is one of his descendants and that this is what Aeneas is going to Italy to start. We also see this in Book One when Jupiter recounts to Venus the future of the Roman race and how great they will become through the dynasty of Aeneas. Aeneas has great respect for the bond between father and son and Turnus plays on this when in Book Twelve he begs for his life to be spared, not for his own sake, but for the sake of his father Daunus: Aeneas is a father himself as he has a son Ascanius who he loves dearly.
An example of this is when in Book One Aeneas is ship wrecked in Carthage and having discovered that his men and his son have also been saved, he sends one of his men down to the shore to fetch Ascanius at once.
Political commentary of the Aeneid
When Pallas is killed by Turnus Aeneas feels so much distress because he feels that he has let Evander, Pallas' father, down in not looking after his son as he promised. Conclusion The Aeneid was written as indirect propaganda for Rome and Augustus' rule.
In a speech by Jupiter, he references a "Trojan Caesar" as a descendant of Ascanius by the name of Iulus and therefore of Venus: In Book VI, when Aeneas is in Elysiumhis father describes descendants who will one day inherit their name. He describes Aeneas' children, followed by Romulus, then skips ahead to Augustus Caesar. This creates the illusion of a direct connection between Caesar and Romulus.
Virgil questions whether the new political foundation promised by Caesar will actually be an escape from the repetitions of the civil war. Caesar claims that good repetition can replace the bad, but Virgil asks in his epic whether repetition can be a good thing at all.
This is shown when Anchises misreads the oracle of Delosleading to the failure of the settlement on Crete. This is intended to indicate how an obsession with the former Troy interferes with the goal of establishing a new one, thus representing the failure in a focus on the past.
When Anchises interprets the Delian oracle he states that the Trojan Ida got her name from the Cretan mountain. This repetition suggests their desire for the familiar rather than willingness to confront something new.
He does so by depicting a war against nature by Aeneas and his men. There are several examples of this, starting early in the epic when Aeneas has to kill seven stags, which is notable as one of the first events in the story. Other occurrences of Aeneas and his men waging war against nature include: After arriving in Thrace, Aeneas pulls out seven trees, first making the roots bleed, then eliciting a pitiful groan on the last pull.
The Trojans come across goats and cattle which they kill not for sacrifice but as hunters. When the crew arrives in Cumaethey damage nature by taking prey and chopping down trees.
In Book IX, the Trojans cut down the primeval forests in order to build the altar for Misenus ' tomb. Tarchon establishes a view of nature as hostile and something to overcome by referring to the land as hostile in Book X.
Upon the first sight of Italy, Virgil repeatedly refers to the natural wealth of the land, writing about the great soil and the Tiber River.
This is accompanied by much destruction of that land by the Trojans as depicted by the use of nature for strategy in Book XI, and the destruction of the trees by Aeneas and his men late in Book XII.