In Classical mythology, Aeneas is a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. He fought valiantly during the Trojan War and was kept safe from harm by the gods.
After the fall of Troy, he led a group of survivors west and ultimately settled in Latium, a story told by Virgil in his epic poem Aeneid. His son Ascanius, also named Iulus, became the ancestor of the Roman family of the Julii, to which Julius Caesar and, through adoption, emperor Augustus belonged.
About 18 kilometres west from Naples is the archaeological site of Cuma, which in antiquity was the home of the Cumaean sibyl (oracle).
One of the most dynamic heroes of the Trojan Cycle is Aeneas, whose depiction can be found throughout Italy before Rome usurped him as a national icon.
Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about the epic poem Aeneid, composed by Rome’s greatest poet, Virgil.
In countries like Italy, the ancient world is everywhere. Take, for example, the Italian village of Palinuro, named after the Trojan Palinurus.
A beautiful fresco from Pompeii depicts a scene straight from Virgil’s Aeneid: Aeneas being treated for a leg wound.
The Trojan hero Aeneas, made famous by Virgil’s epic poem, has been the subject of ancient texts and art going as far back as Homer.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was inspired by a myriad of different world cultures. In her twentieth novel, Lavinia, she took as inspiration Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid.
The story of Aeneas’ flight from Troy and his long and arduous search for a new home has inspired science-fiction.