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Aeneas

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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

    Name

    Aeneas

    Nickname

    Pious Aeneas, Supertrojan, Stud Muffin

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Roman Olympus

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Warrior, 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.

    Education

    Chiron's Academy for Heroes

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Troy will rise again

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Mom: Aphrodite (Venus)
    Dad: Anchises (Ugh, I was so sad when he died, I even went to visit him in the Underworld)

    Children

    Ascanius (You made me proud, son!)

    Friends

    Hector (If every man were more like him, the world would be a better place.)
    Priam
    Poseidon
    Misenus
    Achates
    Sergestus
    Acmon
    Iapyx
    Palinurus
    Latinus (This guy was totally awesome to me when I got to Italy.)

    Enemies

    Hera (Juno) (Why does she pick on, like every hero there is?)
    Diomedes
    Achilles
    Odysseus (So sneaky. Not even a real hero in my book.)
    Menelaus
    Agamemnon
    Ajax
    Turnus (I did steal his fiancée, but did he really have to start a war about it?)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

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

    Favorites

    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

    Books

    The Aeneid by Virgil
    The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
    Beowulf
    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

    Music

    A 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

    Movies

    Rome
    Troy
    Gladiator
    Game of Thrones
    Spartacus
    Avatar 
    The Avengers
    Crazy Stupid Love

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Paintball
    World of Warcraft 
    Long walks on the beach
    Fantasy football
    Family reunions

    Interests

    Family
    Duty
    Piousness
    Underworld Exploration
    Epic Adventure

    Groups

    Underworld Explorers

  • Spotter's Guide

    Aeneas is bright, shiny, heroic perfection. No wonder all the ladies—including the beautiful queen Dido—went totally nuts for him. This guy has it all. Not only is he the son of the love goddess, Venus, making him extra dreamy, he was also a prince of Troy and the founder of a colony that would one day spawn the Roman Empire. Aeneas was actually so awesome that after he died, the gods made him one of them. These days he's the most eligible bachelor on Mt. Olympus (the Roman version, at least). So, if you know any eligible young nymphs or goddesses, please send them his way.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Forever young
    Build: Lean and muscular
    Complexion: Tanned
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Facial Hair: Clean-shaven
    Scars/marks/tattoos:Sexy battle scars
    Jewelry and accessories:Nope
    Clothing:Robes
    Armor:Shiny and amazing (forged by Hephaestus at Aphrodite's urging)
    Type of Weapon:Spear and sword (also forged by Hephaestus)

    Typical Companions:

    Achates
    Sergestus
    The Cumaean Sibyl

    Known Hangouts:

    Troy
    The Mediterranean
    Carthage
    Italy

  • Sightings

    Jan 1, 1970

    The Iliad by Homer

    In this epic poem, you'll get the scoop on Aeneas' Trojan War days, as he dukes it out with Diomedes and many other dudes.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Aeneid by Virgil

    If you don't know the Aeneid, then you don't know Aeneas. Read all about all the crazy stuff Aeneas had to do to get from Troy to Italy in this epic poem.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Metamorphoses by Ovid

    In this epic work, Ovid gives you his version of Aeneas' trip to the Underworld, war with Turnus, and all that fun stuff.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

    According to Dante, Aeneas chills out in the Limbo section of Hell, which is apparently pretty nice for Hell.

    Dec 20, 1594

    The Tragedy of Dido Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe

    We almost guarantee you that you'll never be in a relationship as horribly doomed as Dido and Aeneas'. (You can definitely read about it.)

    Dec 20, 1688

    Dido and Aeneas

    Yet another retelling of the tragic love story, this time as an English baroque opera.

    Dec 20, 1966

    Thor

    Aeneas shows up as a character in this comic book, when the god of thunder takes a trip to Troy.

    Dec 20, 1986

    Aeneas: Virgil's Epic Retold for Young Readers

    Yeah, this is pretty much what it sounds like.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troy

    As Troy burns around them, Paris gives Aeneas the Priam's sword and tells him to carry on the honor of their royal line. (Tissues required).