Who Is Aeneas and How Does He Connect Homer (Iliad) to Roman Mythology

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Who is Aeneas and how does he connect Homer (Iliad) to Roman Mythology

The Story of Aeneas has been the basis of Roman Literature. He is portrayed and often referred to as the first Hero of Rome. But who is Aeneas?
Aeneas was a nobleman and a demigod as well (Demigod is a mythological being who is partly divine and partly human). His father was Anchises, a member of the Trojan Royal Family. His mother was Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and pleasure, who is also known as Venus in roman Literature. Aphrodite was intrigued by Anchises when she saw him on the hills of Mount Ida that she seduced him and decided to bear his son, Aeneas. Aeneas was raise by nymphs until he was sent to live with his father at a young age (5 in roman mythology, 10 in Greek Mythology).
Anchises was sworn to secrecy about his son being a demi god however he decided to break this promise, and after doing so, Anchises was struck by lightning and left blind as a punishment.
As the Greeks invaded Troy, Aeneas is seen as being hesitant and not joining the war immediately. As Roman mythology states, Aeneas joined the war after the Greeks stole his cattle. Another reason why Aeneas did not join the war immediately was a personal conflict he had with King Priam of Troy. Aeneas did not receive the appropriate glory for being a member of the royal family, and had a dispute with Priam about this. Aeneas later on married Creusa, who was the daughter of Priam, where they had a son named Ascanius.
As the Trojan War progressed, Aeneas claimed multiple victories, and became one of the Trojan army’s leaders. He was said to be the greatest warrior after Hector. The Iliad mentions him as an upright and moral man, since he respected the gods and had great obedience to their commands. In return the Gods helped Aeneas throughout the war, including Apollo and Poseidon. This is considered a great…...

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