Vergil’s Aeneid gives a Trojan account of the Trojan War against Greece and the development of Rome as a nation. The first six books describe the wandering of Aeneas due to the displacement of his people. Aeneas battles with his destiny because he is mourning the loss of his countrymen but realizes that he must lead his people to a new homeland. Along the way, he is torn between his personal feelings and what he believes his nation needs. In the final six books, Aeneas believes he has arrived at the promised homeland. He begins to secure a new nation for his people, but before they can live in peace, he must defeat Turnus, the king of the Italian forces. Turnus, an unknowing pawn of Juno, rages war against Aeneas, and during battle kills Pallas, a good friend of Aeneas. The epic ends with Aeneas savagely killing Turnus in an act of revenge.
This website was created to show the similarities within the wars of The Aeneid and current wars that shaped the United States. Themes of nationalism and deception are streamed throughout both the epic and American history. Both nationalism and deception lead to decisions that will forever shape nations. They mold leaders’ thoughts, establish dictatorships, and lead to massive death tolls, but they also build strong, thriving nations.
There are many informative and funny contributions, such as youtube clips and comics strips. These demonstrate how nationalism and deception are present not only in The Aeneid but still relevant today.
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