The Aeneid Summary: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

'The Aeneid' is a very old epic poem by an author named Virgil. This lesson will teach you all about what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story!

What is The Aeneid?

The Aeneid is a type of story called an epic. An epic is a long poem about heroes and adventures. The Aeneid was written by a Roman poet named Virgil in the years between 29 BC and 19 BC. That was over 2,000 years ago!


Let's learn about what happens in the story!

Plot Summary

The plot of a story is just a fancy word that refers to the events at the beginning, middle, and end of the story.


The protagonist, or main character, in The Aeneid is a Trojan prince named Aeneas. Trojans are people from the city of Troy. The story begins with Aeneas leading some townspeople to search for a new home because their old home, Troy, had been destroyed by war. As they leave Troy, the goddess Juno sees them. She hates the Trojans, so she creates a huge storm that keeps them from traveling. They have to find safety in a city called Carthage.


In Carthage, Aeneas' mom, Venus, introduces him to Dido, the queen of Carthage.

This painting shows Venus appearing to Aeneas.

Dido and Aeneas quickly fall in love, but this isn't good news. The god Jupiter decides that Aeneas is not moving quickly enough in his journey to found a new city, so he sends Aeneas on his way. Dido is so upset by his leaving that she kills herself.

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