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Aeneas was a prince of Troy who escaped the burning city just before the Greeks could lay their Greeky hands on him. Don't go thinking he was a chicken or anything, though—the gods totally forced him to abandon his city. Because he was a super-noble, awesome warrior (and then some), the gods hand picked him to sail across the Mediterranean and found the colony that would one day spawn the Roman Empire. After a ton of crazy adventures (Underworld!) and a really tragic love affair (Dido!), Aeneas made it to Italy, married a princess, and eventually became a god himself. Oh, and one of the most famous works of literature ever—the Aeneid—is named after him. Not too shabby.

Basic Information

NicknamePious Aeneas, Supertrojan, Stud Muffin
Current cityRoman Olympus

Work & Education

OccupationWarrior, Hero, Founder of Great Civilizations

General Duties: Doing battle with Greek heroes in the Trojan War, braving the dangers of the Mediterranean and the Underworld to one day found what would become the Roman Empire. NBD.
EducationChiron's Academy for Heroes


Political viewsTroy will rise again

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsMom: Aphrodite (Venus)
Dad: Anchises (Ugh, I was so sad when he died, I even went to visit him in the Underworld)
ChildrenAscanius (You made me proud, son!)
FriendsHector (If every man were more like him, the world would be a better place.)
Latinus (This guy was totally awesome to me when I got to Italy.)
EnemiesHera (Juno) (Why does she pick on, like every hero there is?)
Odysseus (So sneaky. Not even a real hero in my book.)
Turnus (I did steal his fiancée, but did he really have to start a war about it?)


Relationship statusCreusa (First Wife), Lavinia (Second Wife)
Fling with Dido (Yeah, a cautionary tale against flings, I know)


Quotations"All roads lead to Rome."
– Proverb

"Hell to ships, hell to men, hell to cites—of Helen of Troy."
– Aeschylus

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
– Mother Teresa

"We are the champions my friend, and we'll keep on fighting till the end."
– Freddy Mercury
BooksThe Aeneid by Virgil
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Billy Budd by Herman Melville
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Iliad by Homer
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon 
"Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare
MusicA Warrior's Call by Volbeat
Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye
Lonely Boy by the Black Keys
We Are the Champions by Queen
Warrior Man by Dr. Dog
The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles
Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver 
Thank You by Dido
Game of Thrones
The Avengers
Crazy Stupid Love

Activities & Interests

World of Warcraft 
Long walks on the beach
Fantasy football
Family reunions
ActivitiesFleeing burning cities
Having doomed love affairs
Fighting in wars
Founding great empires
Underworld Exploration
Epic Adventure
GroupsUnderworld Explorers

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