Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
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!
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.
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.
The Trojans go to the Italian city of Sicily, then the town of Cumae, where Aeneas visits the underworld and sees lots of people from his past, including Dido and his father, Anchises. After he visits the underworld, Aeneas sails to Latium, where the king of Latium tells him that he should marry his daughter. The only problem with this plan is that the queen of Latium wants their daughter to marry prince Turnus. This conflict starts a war between the Trojans and the Italians.
There are lots of battles in the war between the Italians and the Trojans, and many people on both sides are killed in these battles. At the end of the story, Aeneas and Turnus go head to head in battle.
Aeneas is able to hurt Turnus with his sword, and ends up killing him at the end of the story. This allows the Trojans to establish a new town in Italy. This town ends up being the start of Rome.
The Aeneid is an epic poem written by the Latin poet Virgil. The plot of the story centers on the protagonist Aeneas and his adventures establishing a new city. Aeneas and the Trojans travel from Troy to Italy, where Aeneas defeats prince Turnus and establishes a new city.
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