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.