Aeneas unheroic

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  • Aeneas (unheroic)
    • Furor
      • plans to burn down Latium & smoke out T for 1-1 combat
      • ignores ghost of H's order to escape
        • 'frenzy & anger drove me on'
      • lead young men to their deaths in Troy
      • forgets what his father told him ('pardon the defeated, war down the proud') & ignores T's supplication
        • his vioolent killing pf Turnus was merciless & 'blazing with rage'
      • runs out of patience & chases T
      • lack of pietas
        • only after seeing Priam killed does he think of his father, wife & son
      • challenges young man to fight him in front of his father & then kills L. 'burying it to the hilt'
        • Jeers at mez. before killing him
      • in B10 he takes 4 human sacrifices
      • he kills suppliant (Magnus) & Haemonides (priest of Ap)
      • kills Tarquitus 'while he was begging for mercy' & gloats over kill - homeric
      • sees Helen hiding by altar & wants to kill her / avenge Troy
        • has to be stoped by V. & reminded of family (again)
    • Aeneas himself
      • Juno
        • 'a second Paris, and torches will again be fatal for this second Troy'
        • Juno's bitterness towards him will lead to a 2nd Trojan war
      • the first time we see him he groans & wishes he was killed by Diomede in Tory
        • 'his limbs grew weak'
      • puts on facade; he's isolated in his misery & grief
    • Underworld
      • sees the spirits of monsters
        • 'drew his sword in alarm...he would have rushed upon them & parted empty shadows with steel'
      • 'Aeneas seized the branch instantly. it resisted, but he broke it off impatiently'
        • suggests he may not be worthy of catabasis as it does not come off easily in his hands
        • puts heroic prestige in doubt
      • 'amazed & distressed' at seeing unburied souls by river Acheron
      • leaves through the Ivory Gate of false dreams
        • throws Aeneid into doubt
      • questions why people would be reincarnated to experience more suffering
    • Latium
      • T calls him an 'effeminate Phrygian'
        • Trojan stereotype or enemy's insult
      • Amata feels like Leda when Paris took Helen - another connotation between A & Paris
      • sends captives to Evander - orders them to 'sprinkle the funeral pyre with the blood of their sacrifice'
      • excessive violence; homeric behaviour, barbaric to take human sacrifices
    • Carthage
      • cowardly
        • keeps plan to leave a secret
      • highlights the neglect of his mission & people
        • 'without a thought for the cities granted to him by the fates'
          • similar to Dido's neglect
      • speaks to D. as though she's already in the past; denies they were ever married; uncaring & cold-hearted
      • 'laying the foundations of the citadel & putting up buildings...glowing in Tyrian purple'
        • Anthony  & Cleo reminder - building Rome's greatest enemy
      • Iarbus labels him a 'second Paris'
        • ignoble, steals another man's woman & Trojan prince in foreign land
      • according to Rumour, the 2 were 'indulging themselves', 'forgetting about their kingdoms' & becoming 'slaves of lust'
        • Romans disapprove
      • admires C - not admirable for Romans

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