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Book 7: War in Latium

Aenea's nurse, Caieta dies. Aeneas performs the appropriate funeral rights, heaping up a
barrow for the tomb. After this, Aeneas and his men set sail-they drift pass Circe's island,
Aeaea. Neptune worries that…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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Aeneas then sends emissaries to King Latinus, diplomatically requesting some land, on
which he can set the foundations for a new city. In return, Latinus agrees to give Aeneas
land, as well as offering his daughter's hand in…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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that he dismisses Allectos' taunts, chalking them up to, "old age and decay", only
hints at calmness and that of a sound mind.

-After Allecto's taunt, "trembling came over his [Turnus'] limbs." This is suggestive
of fear, emphasising…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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Latinus:

-Latinus is an, "old man" and he has ruled, "over the countryside and the cities for
many peaceful years."

This connotes wisdom and strength of character.

-Latinus consults an oracle- his father, Faunus- after seeing these omens.…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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Ascanius:

-Ascanius is hunting by himself.

This connotes maturation.

-Ascanius was, "burning with a passionate love of glory..."

This hints at the encouragement of glory, and achievement, emphasising the fact that
Ascanius is being raised well.

Women:

Amata:…

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Lavinia:

-A prize to be won. She is of age, and she is an only daughter. This in many ways, makes
her more appealing.

Juno:

- Juno is described as, "fierce", connoting her anger and her wrath.

-The…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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Suggestive of a threat, invokes terror/horror.

-When she appears to Turnus, Allecto disguises herself, as Calybe, the aged priestess of
Juno.

This is suggestive of duplicity and deceit, emphasising the fact that Allecto is
associated with evil, corruption…

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-The stag is tame, and it would, "wander through the woods and come back home
of its own accord to the door it knew so well, no matter how late the night."

This is suggestive of pampering and…

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Book 7: War in Latium
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-Celano's prophecy, (C.f. Book 3) is realised, as the Trojans eat `wheaten cakes', which
were acting as their tables, upon arrival in Italy. This is emphasised through Ascanius who
says, "Look! We are eating even our tables!" This…

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This emphasises the fact that the gods view the mortal world as a game of frivolous
chess that is just waiting to be played. This also implies that war has drastic
consequences.

-Allecto: 1) poisons Amata with anger…

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