Leadership In Virgil's The Aeneid

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From Trojan to Roman In Virgil’s The Aeneid, Aeneas, the story’s main character, transitions from being a Trojan warrior into the leader of the Romans. Aeneas has his journey set out in front of him and the gods have chosen him to lead because of his many virtues. He is a leader, he possesses obedience to the gods, and he puts his family first. Aeneas is fearful of the outcome of such a long hard quest as traveling to Italy. Yet, he faces his fears head on, as the Trojans are in a battle to stay alive during a violent storm caused by the jealous goddess Juno. She has her reasons for not wanting Aeneas’ journey to be one of ease, but Aeneas demonstrates his leadership and proves that his priority is the well-being of his group. Once the ships safely land on the shore new Carthage, he provides food by “shooting and shooting til he won the hunt by laying seven carcasses on the ground” (Damrosch, Pike, p.691). Aeneas finds love with Queen Dido in Carthage, and although he could stay with her and fill the role of husband to the queen. He exhibits his obedience to the gods, “Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire to calm and comfort her pain… yet took the course…show more content…
One instance occurs, “What crueler loss had I beheld that night the city fell? Ascanius, my father, and the Teucrian Penates, I left my friends’ charge and hid them well in a hollow valley” (Damrosch, Pike, p.718). Aeneas leaves the safety of hiding to search for his wife, who was missing in the hysteria. He returns and the troop sets off on their journey to find Italy. Another example, can be demonstrated when Mercury reminds Aeneas of his duties as a father, that his own son, “Iulus, to whom the Italian realm, the land of Rome, are due” (Damrosch, Pike, p.728). Aeneas realizes that his time in Carthage is over and he has his troops ready the ships to
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