VIRGIL: The Aeneid

Sinon Proves the Tongue is Mightier Than the Sword

            In the Aeneid, Virgil tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan warrior who fled Troy while the Greeks “burnt the topless towers of Illium.” After fleeing the city, Aeneas sets sail and lands in Carthage, a city located in Northern Africa. There, Dido, the Queen of Carthage, hosts a banquet in honor of the Trojans. At the banquet, Aeneas recounts the sad story related to Troy’s destruction. Through Aeneas’ reminiscence, Virgil describes how the power of words ultimately precipitated Troy’s downfall.

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