2. Vergil, Aeneid 4. 68-76


uritur infelix Dido totaque uagatur

urbe furens, qualis coniecta cerua sagitta,

quam procul incautam nemora inter Cresia fixit               70

pastor agens telis liquitque uolatile ferrum

nescius: illa fuga siluas saltusque peragrat

Dictaeos; haeret lateri letalis harundo.

nunc media Aenean secum per moenia ducit

Sidoniasque ostentat opes urbemque paratam,                75

incipit effari mediaque in uoce resistit;

 

  1. Translate the passage.
  2. What is the context of this passage? How has Dido’s position changed since the first time she is mentioned in the Aeneid?
  3. Explain the relevance of the simile in lines 69-73. In what other ways does Vergil explore Dido’s state of mind in this passage? How are these themes explored elsewhere in the Aeneid?
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