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    • they past the land of Circe
      • builds tension
    • Latium is described positively
      • 'the river Tiber with all its beauty'
    • Virgil speaks to the muse of lyric poetry
      • that he can tell of the Kings of Ancient Latium
        • he shall speak of wars and kings driven by pride
      • engage the reader
    • Latinus
      • an old king
        • son of Faunus and a nymph
      • Omens
        • swarm of bees settled around the laurel tree in the Palace
          • interpreted as a stranger and his army were coming
        • lavinia's hair caught on fire
          • meant that she ad a bright fate
            • similar to Iulus
        • prophecy from the oracle of Faunus said Lavinia should marry a stranger from across the sea
      • he's religious
    • Aeneas and his men are eating
      • they have placed their food on top of their bread
      • Ascanius jokes that they are eating their tables
        • Anchises told him that he should build his home on the spot where he eats his table
          • pours a libation to the Gods
            • Zeus confirms this with a peal of thunder
      • Harpy prophecy had been fufilled
        • comical
    • Illioneus goes to meet Latinus
      • he tells him that they're hear by divine interventions
        • they're descendants of Jupiter
          • Latinus releases this is the fulfilment of the prophesies
            • he excepts quest friendship but wishes to see Aeneas
        • they bring gifts such as some of Priams robes
    • Juno
      • 'shakes her head' with fury that Aeneas has made it at
      • she thinks that its unfair that other gods have been able to get their own way
        • she seeks help from the underworld
      • Allecto
        • hated by even her father and sister
        • lives in Tartarus
        • threw a snake at Amata's heart
          • forms a snake necklace
            • venom poisons her and sends her into a frenzy
          • adamant that Latinus shouldn't break his promise to Turnus
            • he's noble and greek
            • she flees into the forest
              • pretending she's been processed by Bacchus
              • irrational and destructive behaviour
              • rages like a spinning top
        • Takes on the face of a priestess of Juno in Turnus' dream
          • tells him that he's being laughed at
          • Latinus has gone back on his word and has given Lavinia to Aeneas
          • instructs him to go to war
            • he laughs at her
            • decision of war is down to men
          • she throws a burning torch into his heart
            • he wakes in a frenzy
            • straight away puts on his armour
          • likened to a pot of boiling water that spills over
            • frantic uncontrollable rage
        • sounds the herdsman horn
          • locals interpretate as a calling to war
        • juno restricts Allecto because she doesn't want Jupiter finding out
    • Ascanius goes out on a hunt
      • helped by a god to shoot a stage
        • turns out to be Silvia's stage
        • locals are furious that an honoured stage has been shot and arm themselves with clubs
          • opening of the 'gates of war
            • sanctified by religion and the savage mars
            • Latinus refuses to break his treaty and 'stood like a rock in the ocean'
            • Juno opens the gates
    • Virgil asks the muses to speak of war
      • muses are regarded as inspirers of the arts

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