The Aeneid (Latin: Aeneis) is an epic poem written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC. It tells the story of "pious Aeneas".
Aeneas is a Trojan warrior who had to leave his city because the Greeks captured Troy after a long war. It starts with Aeneas carrying his father Anchises out of the burning Troy. It ends with Aeneas landing on the shores of Italy, fighting in the region of Rome. It can be read as indirect propaganda in favour of Augustus, the Roman Emperor of the day.
The story is written in hexameters, a type of verse.
Images for kids
Paul Cézanne, Aeneas Meeting Dido at Carthage, c. 1875, Princeton University Art Museum
Hawara Papyrus 24, with a line of Virgil's Aeneid (repeated 7 times; probably a writing exercise). Book 2, line 601 ( "It is not the hated face of Spartan Helen..."). Recto. Latin language. 1st century CE. From Hawara, Egypt. On display at the British Museum in London
Virgil, holding a manuscript of the Aeneid, flanked by the muses Clio (history) and Melpomene (tragedy). Roman mosaic, third century AD, from Hadrumetum, now in the Bardo Museum, Tunis.
Folio 22 from the Vergilius Vaticanus—flight from Troy
Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia, by Jean-Joseph Taillasson, 1787, an early neoclassical painting (National Gallery, London)
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