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Aineias (Aeneas)

Naples. Museo Archeologico Nazionale 2422. Photo. LIMCA hero, son of Aphrodite and the Trojan prince Anchises. A leading warrior at Troy, where he is wounded by Diomedes (1) but rescued by his mother. At the sack of Troy he rescues his father by carrying him from the city on his back, with his son, Askanios. They travel west and as Roman Aeneas he becomes a prominent figure in early Roman story, courting (and abandoning) the Carthaginian Queen Dido, then escaping to Italy and taking a role in the legends about the founding of Rome (as told in Virgil's Aeneid).

Above: Naples. Museo Archeologico Nazionale 2422. Photo. LIMC © LIMC

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