Summary Analysis Jove calls a council of the gods on Mount Olympus.
Summary Analysis The next morning dawns. Aeneas sets up a display of Mezentius's armor as an offering to Mars. Despite his sadness The aeniad aeneas and mezentius Pallas's death, he speaks positively to his men, telling them they have fought well, and now they can bury their dead.
Afterward, Aeneas cries over Pallas's body, devastated to have broken his promise to Evander to bring his son back safely. He sends a thousand men to bear Pallas's body back to Evander.
Returned to his sensitive, pious self, Aeneas thinks of his men before allowing himself to mourn Pallas. Of the many tragedies of the war, this is the one that hits Aeneas most deeply. His behavior now offers important clues for understanding the Aeneid's surprising ending.
Active Themes Returning to the camp, Aeneas finds a delegation of Latins carrying olive branches, asking for a temporary truce during which they can bury their dead.
Aeneas criticizes them for fighting, explaining that he was fated to come here to make his home, and that they should have been friends. Aeneas says that Turnus should have stayed to fight him, because one of their deaths would have ended the war.
Finally, Aeneas agrees to the truce. Drances, a Latin, praises Aeneas's war skills and declares that he and King Latinus too would rather be Aeneas's ally than Turnus's. They agree on twelve days of truce. Like a practiced politician, Aeneas won't agree with the other side's sensible decision without airing some grievances.
Sadly, Aeneas's explanations come late in the game, but it seems that both sides might be able to use reason and piety to fate to come to a real peace.
The Latins realize they're fighting on the wrong side of destiny. Active Themes Pallas's funeral procession reaches Evander. Evander flings himself onto the corpse, sobbing, and gives a tragic speech.
He wishes he had died instead of Pallas, but doesn't blame the Trojans, and declares that Pallas will receive a Trojan-style burial. A description of the various funerals follows, showing that both the Latins and the Trojans equally mourn their fallen.
Evander's willingness to forgive the Trojans indirectly shows how great Aeneas must be. Evander didn't even have to be involved in the war at all, but his devotion to Aeneas indicates Aeneas's powers of persuasion and charisma. In showing how both the Latins and the Trojans grieve for their dead, Virgil once again shows how there is no "bad" side in this war, there are simply those who are following fate and those who are opposing it.
Active Themes The Latins, urged on by Drances, want to separate themselves from Turnus, who caused all the suffering. Now that delegation of Latins returns with news that Diomedes doesn't want to ally, because he's fought the Trojans enough and doesn't want more of the misery of war.
Hearing this in a council meeting, Latinus declares that the war was against fate anyway. He chooses a piece of land near the Tiber to give the Trojans, so they can be friends.
If the Trojans don't want that, the Latins will build the Trojans twenty ships to continue on their way. Latinus calls for a hundred men to bring peace gifts to the Trojans. By only enchanting Amata and Turnus, Juno left most of the Latins with their powers of reason intact.
Latinus's desire to stop fighting Aeneas bodes well, given that Aeneas is fated to be his son-in-law. That the Greek Diomedes don't want to keep fighting the Trojans shows that even the deepest hatreds can fade. And for all the poem seems to talk about the glory of war, in actuality the characters find it tiring and depressing.
Drances, the elderly Latin, isn't satisfied. He still hates Turnus, and with an angry, convincing speech, he tells Latinus to promise Lavinia to Aeneas.
Then he speaks directly to Turnus, telling him either to surrender or to go meet Aeneas in single combat. Drances brings a happy ending even closer—so it'll be that much more painful when it fails again. Active Themes Turnus responds that Drances is a good talker but doesn't back up his words with fighting.
Turnus is particularly offended by the suggestion that he's been beaten. He mentions his many kills, then tells Latinus that he'll renew the battle with allies like Camilla, a ferocious warrior and queen of the Volscians.
He declares that he'll fight Aeneas, even though Aeneas wears Vulcan-made armor just as Achilles did in the Trojan war. Turnus is clearly in a different mindset from the rest of the Latins.In the following century, another Greek, Timaeus, told how Aeneas established the city of Lavinium, which is referred to at the very beginning of the Aeneid.
According to Roman legend, Rome itself was founded in B.C. by one of Aeneas's descendants, Romulus, who, with his twin brother, Remus, was a son of Mars, the god of war, and the Vestal. In the traditional myth that predates the Aeneid, Mezentius actually outlived Aeneas, who 'disappeared' into the river which Aeneas became associated with in a hero cult.
However, since his benefactor Maecenas was a native Etruscan, Virgil portrayed Mezentius as a tyrant. When Aeneas catches up with Mezentius, Mezentius throws his spear at Aeneas. Aeneas deflects it with his shield, though it unfortunately kills one of Aeneas's allies.
Then Aeneas throws a spear, which travels through Mezentius's shield and pierces him the groin, though it doesn't kill him. A summary of Book VIII in Virgil's The Aeneid. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Aeneid and what it means.
Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Aeneas takes two galleys and rows several days up the Tiber to the forest of the Arcadians. There, the Trojans. The Aeneid by Virgil. Home / Literature / The Aeneid / Events / Book 10 ; After the fight rages on for some time, Aeneas and Mezentius finally come together in combat.
Mezentius throws his spear but it deflects off Aeneas's shield and stabs some other guy in . The Aeneid (/ ɪ ˈ n iː ɪ d /; Latin: Aeneis [ae̯ˈneːɪs]) is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans.