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Ancient Greek and Roman Myths Notes


Aeneas, the son of Anchises and Aphrodite(Venus). He was among the defenders of Troy, its bravest, after Hector, hero. Aphrodite prophesied that he would one day reign over Trojans and his children, and his children's children would reign over all eternity. After the fall of Troy, Aeneas with his family and some other Trojans managed to escape from the burning city, and with the help of Aphrodite they got a ship and started for a long journey through the Mediterranean. Finally they reached Italy and founded a colony there. Aeneas' son Ascanius founded Alba Longa, their descendant, Romulus, founded Rome, which gradually became the ruling center of the powerful empire. Thus Aphrodite's prophecy came true.
See: Anthony van Dyck Venus Asking Vulcan for Arms for Aeneas.

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