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NCEA Level 3 Classics (The Aeneid) Mind Map on CHARACTERS, created by amy.flyger on 08/29/2013.

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CHARACTERS
  1. GODS AND GODDESS'S
    1. Juno
      1. Also known as Hera - Queen of the Gods. (Goddess of war) Hates the Trojans because of the Trojan Paris’s judgment against her in a beauty contest. She loves Carthage and knows that Aeneas’s Roman descendants are destined to destroy Carthage. She takes out her anger on Aeneas throughout the epic, and causes the storm that keeps Aeneas out at sea.
      2. Venus
        1. The goddess of love and the mother of Aeneas. Venus (Aphrodite in Greek mythology) is a benefactor of the Trojans. She helps her son whenever Juno tries to hurt him, causing conflict among the gods. She is also referred to as Cytherea, after Cythera, the island where she was born and where her shrine is located.
        2. Jupiter
          1. Also known as Zeus - King of the Gods. Jupiter directs the general progress of Aeneas’s destiny, ensuring that Aeneas is never permanently thrown off his course toward Italy. Jupiter’s demeanor is controlled and levelheaded compared to the volatility of Juno and Venus. Guides Aeneas on his journey.
          2. Neptune
            1. God of the sea, and generally an ally of Venus and Aeneas. Neptune (Poseidon in Greek mythology) calms the storm that opens the epic and conducts Aeneas safely on the last leg of his voyage.
            2. Aeolus
              1. The god of the winds, Aeolus raises the waves in an attempt to capsize Aeneas's ship, thereby angering Neptune, god of the sea. He does this because Juno asks him too and he owes her.
            3. PEOPLE
              1. Aeneas
                1. The protagonist of the Aeneid. Aeneas is a survivor of the siege of Troy, a city on the coast of Asia Minor. His defining characteristic is piety, a respect for the will of the gods. He is a fearsome warrior and a leader able to motivate his men in the face of adversity, but also a man capable of great compassion and sorrow. His destiny is to found the Roman race in Italy and he subordinates all other concerns to this mission. The Aeneid is about his journey from Troy to Italy, which enables him to fulfill his fate.
                  1. He was a Trojan. After the fall of Troy, he led a band of Trojan refugees to Italy and became the founder of Roman culture.
                  2. Dido
                    1. The queen of Carthage, a city in northern Africa, in what is now Tunisia, and lover of Aeneas. Dido left the land of Tyre when her husband was murdered by Pygmalion, her brother. She and her city are strong, but she becomes an unfortunate pawn of the gods in their struggle for Aeneas’s destiny. Her love for Aeneas proves to be her downfall. After he abandons her, she constructs a funeral pyre and stabs herself upon it with Aeneas’s sword.
                    2. Turnus
                      1. The ruler of the Rutulians in Italy. Turnus is Aeneas’s major antagonist among mortals. He is Lavinia’s leading suitor until Aeneas arrives. This rivalry incites him to wage war against the Trojans, despite Latinus’s willingness to allow the Trojans to settle in Latium and Turnus’s understanding that he cannot successfully defy fate. He is brash and fearless, a capable soldier who values his honor over his life.
                    3. RACES
                      1. Greeks
                        1. Aeneas begins by telling how the Greeks, unable to defeat the Trojans in battle, sail away from Troy. On the beach, they leave behind a giant wooden horse, with Greek warriors hidden inside it. – though the Trojans don't know that yet. The Greeks jumped out of the horse and killed many Trojans and caused Aeneas to leave.
                        2. Trojans
                          1. Aeneas and his fleet were Trojans. After the sacking of Troy by the Greeks, the Trojans set off to find themselves a new home. We are told of their downfall in Book 2 of the Aeneid.
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