Aeneas comes into contact with Dido when his ships get thrown off course—Aeneas, too has the wrath of a god impinging on his destiny—and they land in Carthage. Where Odysseus maintains his love for his wife while entering into relationships with goddesses, who, it stands to say, he treats with kindness and respect, some form of love even, Aeneas sees women as objects to be obtained and discarded along the way.
He draws literary parallels to Homer to emphasize his point. Aeneas is content with his mistress until he is reminded by the gods that he must continue on his destiny to found the city of Rome.
Ultimately, Aeneas is the hero with the binding destiny. Among Roman writers, Virgil learned most from Ennius, an epic poet of the second century B. Based on his treatment of his wife, Dido, and his treatment of Lavinia, it becomes clear that Aeneas does not have compassion for the women in his life; instead he views them as objects to be obtained.
Odysseus only returns to Ithaca and his wife at the order of the Gods, when he has had his fill of bliss with Calypso. Having tasted victory, he can now return home.
Aeneas, a Trojan warrior, is one of the few to escape his home city while it burns at the hands of the Achaeans. Additionally, he wanted to demonstrate that Latin was as well adapted to poetry as Greek. One of the most important poets of this period was Apollonius of Rhodes, who composed the Argonautica, an epic in four books that concerns the quest for the Golden Fleece.
And they were angered that he would so easily forget and dismiss their grand plans for him. He leaves Troy to return home to Ithaca, yet does not reach his destination for 10 years. But, he gave no consideration to what he left behind. However, it can be said, that despite their plan for him, Aeneas still viewed Dido as an object to be obtained, with no greater or lasting value to him than that of momentary pleasure and satisfaction.
In this, Mercury is harsh where he needs to be. Comparison of Aeneas and Odysseus: There is a reason that figures become great in the history of a culture. These infamous heroes often embody the ideal of that culture, the values it most wishes to uphold and the image it wants to present.
In this, Aeneas does not intend to dally—nor do the gods have any intention of allowing it. He is the epic hero that will stop at nothing to fulfill his quest. Unlike Aeneas, Odysseus fights for himself, to satisfy his own self-interest.
Having tasted victory, he The motivations for the respective voyages are different. In his relationship with Lavinia, her father had found a prophecy that his daughter would marry a foreigner, despite the fact that she was already in love with another man, and that foreigner was to be Aeneas.
AAeneas fights for a purpose greater than himself. On contrast, Aeneas knowingly took time out from his destiny to be with women; and it was a choice that he made to intentionally provide a distraction from his quest—he was not spelled into being with them, and he did not have the wrath of the gods forcing him to stay with them—and, he had the grace of the gods on his side, with the spur in his side that he stop frittering away his time and get back to his destiny.
She begs him to stay, citing that because of her love for him she has become a hated and disrespected woman—and that she is nothing without him.
The Binding Destiny of Aeneas Not all heroes are like Odysseus, however—even though they may have served together during the same battle at Troy.
The Homeric epics are works in praise of the greatness and nobility of rugged individualism, whereas the Aeneid preaches the priority of organized society and the state over its citizens in order for individuals to achieve happiness.
For Odysseus, that meant returning home to his wife, but for Aeneas, that means the Trojan battle in Italy where he is destined to found the city of Rome.
But, to Aeneas, these women were not meant to be wives and stability, at least, long-term. In the centuries that immediately followed the time of Homer, a number of epics of little quality were written that supplemented the information in the Iliad and the Odyssey.Odysseus’ comes into contact with the goddess Circe, and their romance lasts about a year until they must proceed with other adventures.
Their resulting shipwreck lands Odysseus alone on the island of Calypso, who he stays with upwards of seven years.
Odysseus and Aeneas both visit the Underworld; in Odysseus' case, in Book XII of Homer's Odyssey, and in Aeneas' case, in Book VI of Virgil's Aeneid. In discussing the differences between the two treatments of the Underworld episodes, it is imporcant to first outline the similarities in the two.
Aeneid and Odyssey - A Comparison between Aeneas, Achilles and Odysseus A comparison between Virgil's hero, Aeneas, and the Homeric heroes, Achilles and Odysseus, brings up the question concerning the relevance of the difference between the Homeric heroes and Aeneas.
The various stories in The Odyssey involve the heroes trying to return to Greece. Some, like Nestor, are favored with a swift passage home. Some, like Ajax, are destroyed due their hubris. And others, like Menelaus and Odysseus, have long, purgative journeys that take years to complete. The Aeneid is different.
Aeneas and his crew are among the few survivors of the destroyed Troy. Chapter 3: Homer, The Odyssey and Virgil, The Aeneid This chapter is intended for readers who really liked The Iliad and want to try either—or both—of the other great narrative poems of antiquity, Homer’s Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid.
The foremost influence on Virgil was Homer, the Greek poet who composed the Iliad and the Odyssey. By Virgil's time, Homer was acknowledged as the greatest of all poets, and Virgil studied Homeric epic poetry in order to develop his own artistic techniques.Download