Roman - Virgil's account (in 12 volumes) of the adventures of Aeneas after the fall of Troy. Aeneas sailed from Troy looking for a new place to settle and dreamed that he should go to Hesperia (the land to the west, Italy) and find a home on the west coast. His ship was driven off course by the Harpies. When they next made land in Epirus they found that the rulers were Helenus the Trojan seer and Andromache, formerly the wife of Hector who had been killed at Troy. Helenus advised him to look for a white sow with thirty piglets. Other accounts say that Aeneas was given this advice, some time after he arrived in Italy, by the god of the River Tiber. Their next stop was in Sicily where only the warning given them by a starving sailor, Achaemenides, who had been left behind when Odysseus and his crew escaped from the cave of Polyphemus, saved Aeneas and his crew from the clutches of the Cyclopes who still inhabited that part of the island. Anchises, his old father, died soon afterwards. A storm contrived by the gods blew the ship to the north coast of Africa where they were feted by Dido, Queen of Carthage, who fell in love with Aeneas. He knew that his destiny lay in Italy and eventually forced himself and his crew to give up their life of luxury and set sail once more, heading north. Dido was distraught at the loss and killed herself. Arriving in Italy, Aeneas was advised by the Sybyl of Cumae to arm himself with a golden bough and seek advice from his father in the underworld who was able to tell him of the problems that lay ahead. The inhabitants of the area where they finally landed were the Latins, under King Latinus, and the Rutulians, under King Turnus. When Ascanius, the son of Aeneas, inadvertently killed a highly acclaimed pet stag, the Latins were greatly angered. Latinus had been told that his daughter, Lavinia, would marry a stranger from another country and he accepted Aeneas in that role, but Turnus married Lavinia and was only too ready to help the Latins against the Trojans when they went to war. Aeneas, on the advice of the river god of the Tiber, consulted Evander, king of an impoverished state, who told him to seek help from the Etruscans who had been oppressed by the tyrant Mezentius who was now fighting with the Rutulians against the Trojans. They readily provided an army which, after much fighting, defeated the Latins and Rutulians. Aeneas was wounded by an arrow and when the physician Iapis could not heal him, Aphrodite intervened with a magic herb and he was soon back in action. Evander's son Pallas was killed in the battle by Turnus. The warrior queen Camilla also died. Aeneas himself killed Turnus in single combat and also Lausus and Mezentius. On one occasion, Cybele intervened to prevent Turnus from setting fire to the Trojan ships, which turned into swans and swam away. The white sow and her litter, referred to in the prophecy of Helenus, were found on the site of what was later to be the city of Alba Longa. Referred to as Aeneid, Aeneas, Aeneas, Aeneus, Aineius, Aeneus or Indiges.

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