Dido Archive

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In painting titled Dido Receiving Aeneas and Cupid Disguised as Ascanius, Dido, the queen of Carthage, appears in the story of Trojan Wars more as a victim than having any deliberate role in the Trojan War or in any consequences. When Aeneas, first of the Trojan War Heroes, fled from Troy seeking shelter in different lands, islands and cities, he didn’t found a permanent place before he built city of his own called Rome. Though, before building Rome, he travelled in Mediterranean Sea for years and resided in a dozen places. Dido’s Carthage was one of them. She lived there being the ruling queen has her husband was killed by her brother. On the coming of Aeneas and his comrades, she received them well enough. […]

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The Royal Hunt Of Dido and Aeneas by Francesco Solimena represents a moment from mythological story of Aeneas. The significant part of the story, the sequence of Aeneas and Dido is given much importance in Aeneid by Virgil as the whole love-affair led to some of the significant consequences in Italian history and Greek mythology. They both had a tragic love-story which from the start to end was a conspiracy set by gods. In a way, their love was the outcome of the enmity between goddesses, Venus and Juno. When Aeneas – a Trojan War Hero – fled Troy with his comrades he wandered in Mediterranean Sea for years to find the right place to rest. Finally, he approached Carthage for the shelter which was […]

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The Greek myths are interacted with each other at very detailed level. The current scene was the first clue for the great Punic wars. This scene was the reason that Carthage and Rome fought history’s three most vicious wars and considered as the biggest wars at the contemporary time. Depicting it on five by four feet canvas with oil, Claude Lorrain has captured a large scale history in the single moment. One of the Trojan heroes, Aeneas wandered for six years after the fall of Troy and reached Carthage for some rest. The queen Dido welcomed them whole-heartedly and heard their story. During his stay, Aeneas and Dido fell in love with each other and Dido declared him her lord and began to rule Carthage […]

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