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Barron's Booknotes-The Aeneid by Virgil-Free Book Summary
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(I. 94-96)

Aeneas is obviously nostalgic for his lost city of Troy. He misses it so much that he seems to wish he had died there. We also see Aeneas' reverence for his ancestors. (Later on you'll find out that his father had died just before this storm.) Aeneas also respects the old ideal of a hero. He thinks it's better to die fighting for your country than to be lost at sea for no reason. At this point you might be wondering how good a leader Aeneas will be. He literally wants to give up the ship without even trying.


But luckily for the Trojans, Juno is not the only god watching them. Neptune, the god of the sea, notices the uproar in his kingdom and is irritated about it. Unlike Juno, Neptune represents order. He scolds the winds and sends them back to their cave. He drives his flying chariot over the waves and calms them. He rescues the stranded ships. Virgil describes the scene in the first of the famous "epic similes" in the Aeneid.

Sometimes in a great nation, there are riots With the rabble out of hand, and firebrands fly And cobblestones: whatever they lay their hands on Is a weapon for their fury, but should they see One man of noble presence, they fall silent Obedient dogs, with ears pricked up, and waiting, Waiting his word, and he knows how to bring them Back to good sense again. So ocean, roaring, Subsided into stillness, and the sea-god Looked forth upon the waters, and clear weather Shone over him as he drove his flying horses.


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