Aeneid

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Throughout the Aeneid by Virgil, both Venus and Juno are integral aspects of Aeneas’ journey of laying the foundations of the Roman Empire. These goddesses constantly intervene in human affairs as a supporter or enemy to Aeneas. Venus is the mother of Aeneas and therefore provides him with a link to the gods, which enables him to fit the description of a Greek style "hero". Venus is there to aid Aeneas whenever he is in despair or needs guidance. Juno serves as the antagonist of the two goddesses. She has a vendetta against the Trojans because she knows that Aeneas’ Roman descendants are destined to destroy Carthage. She takes out her anger on Aeneas throughout the epic. By using their divine power to pave the way for Aeneas, they frequently went too far. An example of this would be when Juno and Venus intruded in the love lives of Dido and Aeneas. They both concocted the plan of stranding Aeneas and Dido overnight in the same cave due to a terrible storm, where they will be consummate and be united. Although they forced this to happen, it was not until Book 12 when their meddling went rampant, and Jupiter intervened and told Juno that the end has come. He forbids her to interfere with Aeneas. Juno agrees under the premise that after Lavinia and Aeneas marry and join their peoples, being able to carry on with their name and language. Thus, gods play a vital role by determining the destiny of mortals (Aeneas). By using strategies they change the outcome of events in his life. The King of the Gods is Jupiter, who is able to overpower any of the gods, and has a supreme control. Venus, the goddess of love and beauty intervenes on his behalf as a loyal mother sending him omens to reassure him that he is on the right path whereas Juno, Queen of Gods obstructs Aeneas’ journey of founding of a new city by creating storms and assists the opposing side in war. All in all, by analyzing the Aeneid by Virgil, it is easy to see how divine intervention plays a vital role in...
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