The Aenid by Virgil vs. the Iliad by Homer

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The Iliad and Aenid are both natives, which form the epic’s first descriptions of war. In both narratives, the writers create in the readers mind images of the mystical and how they influenced certain things in life. The Aenid by Virgil was composed at a time of the Trojan War. Composed in the 8th century BC, The Aenid depicts the explorations of a legendary Trojan hero, Aeneas, who lived to tell the tale of the fall of Troy, navigated westwards to Italy and instituted Rome. Composed from many sources from the influential works of Homer, the Iliad and Odessey, Virgil founded his first six books on the Odessey and his last six books of the Iliad. While writing the Aenid, Virgil integrated all known Roman history to his present time. Homer’s Iliad exists as a prehistoric Greek epic that describes the ten-year siege that took place in the city of Troy after an alliance of Greek states. Also, composed in the 8th Century BC by Homer, the Iliad is paired with the sequel Odyssey, also credited to Homer. The Iliad exists as one of the ancient literary works of Western writing. Written in Homeric Greek, it narrates the battles and events as they took place at a time when there existed a battle between Agamemnon, who was king, and Achilles, the warrior in ancient Greece. Both Homer and Virgil point to the presence of fixed laws that control human beings, for example, morality. Therefore, I accept as true that both pieces of writing share the same critical objective. These works are a beautiful example of cause and effect in the history. A man’s destiny is dictated by the consequences of his decisions that prompt his actions. The destruction of Troy was prophesied in Hekuba's dream. Virgil shows that Destiny may be postponed when he writes about Juno's efforts to stop Aeneas from founding Rome. Juno asks Aeolus, god of wind, to blow the Trojan off target when he sees Aeneas

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