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Dido and Aeneas
(11,285 words)

(Διδώ/Didṓ, Δειδώ/Deidṓ, Αἰνείας; Latin Dido, Aeneas)

A. Myth

The story of D. and A. is one of the local foundation myths of antiquity. Our main source for it is Virgil’s Aeneid.

A., son of the Trojan prince Anchises and Venus (Aphrodite), is brought up by the Centaur Chiron. He fights on Hector’s side in the Trojan War, but is protected in battle by Zeus and is able to escape from the fall of Troy together with his son, Ascanius, his father and the treasure of the Penates. His wife, Creusa, loses her life during the escape (Verg.…

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Theisohn, Philipp, “Dido and Aeneas”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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