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Editor says, what if Aeneas had defied the Gods and married Dido? (hint - Carthage is in modern day Libya). Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the War thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 813 B.C.,on this day at the temple of Juno the wandering Trojan hero Aeneas defied the will of Jupiter by marrying Dido the first Queen of Carthage.
Aeneas marries DidoIronically a great east-west alliance of men developed from a romantic bond created by the meddling of the Goddess Venus. Dido had sworn fidelity to the soul of her late husband, Sychaeus, who had been murdered by her cupidinous brother Pygmalion. But she fell in love with Aeneas who returned her love during a hunting expedition when a storm had driven the lovers into a cave.
Jupiter then sent the winged messenger Mercury to inform Aeneas that his destiny was to found a great city in Italy. But unable to desert Dido, Aeneas defied Jupiter, who would now send the God Mars to more forcibly remind him of his duty.
Editor says, in book four of Virgil's Aeneid Dido curses Aeneas for his betrayal "Shore clash with shore, sea against sea and sword. Against sword - this is my curse - war between all Our peoples, all their children, endless war."
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