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Lecture 17

HUMA 1105 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Mezentius, Turnus, Anchises

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HUMA 1105
Loredana Kun

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Virgil Aeneid
February 26th 2016
Answer in detail:
1. Book 9: Who is Turnus? How is he described? Why does he admire Lavinia?
2. Book 10: Analyze the father-son relationship between Mezentius and Lausus. Compare
it to Anchises and Aeneas
3. Book 11: How does Vergil describe Camilla?
4. What was the elder statesman Drances talking to Aeneas about?
5. What unexpected object did Aeneas see on Turnus? What action does this inspire him
to take?
6. Book 12: What did the Latins promise to the Romans?
7. What did Aeneas promise to the Latins in return?
8. Which Goddess allowed Aeneas to triumph?
1) Turnus is a character in Virgil’s 1st century AD epic poem Aenied. Turnus is the son of
Daunus and nymph Venilla. He is also the suitor to princess Lavinia. Turnus is described
as being irrational and out of control. He is often depicted as tyrannical and hot headed.
Turnus admired Lavinia because her father is King of the Latin people. King Latinus
wanted Aeneas to marry Lavinia because Aeneas is a better warriror than Turnus (he is
reckless and without order).
2) Mezentius (King of the Etruscans) is father to Lausus. In book 10, Mezentius fights
alongside with Turnus against Aeneas. Lausus blocks Aeneas, as Aeneas tries to kill
Mezentius. However, Lausus is killed by Aeneas from shielding his father. The bond
between Mezentius and Lausus is a strong one. Lausus clearly cares deeply for his
father, as he gave his own life for him. Mezentius also cares deeply for his son.
Mezentius goes after Aeneas after the death of Lausus to avenge him. Though this
brings him his ultimate death, Mezentius dies for his son. Aeneas is the father of
Goddess Venus and Anchises. Anchises and Aeneas also have a good relationship
between them.
3) Camilla is a character in Vergil’s 1st century AD epic poem Aeneid. Camilla is the
daughter of King Metabus. When King Metabus could not cross a river with infant
Camilla, he tied her to a spear and launched her over the river Amasenus. Her father
prayed that Diana would watch over her, and she did. Camilla became a favourite by
Diana. Camilla grew up to be a legendary female warrior who leads the Volscians. She
is described by Vergil as a strong and fierce woman who only loves war. Camilla is also
portrayed as a woman who is lethal, and unforgiving. Camilla is also depicted as a
woman who is feared by all men, as she acts like a man. She proclaims after killing a
Truscan man: “You may boast in hell that you died by Camilla’s blade”. This show that
Camilla is unforgiving and does not give mercy to anyone. The Volscians are a group of
women warriors.
4) Drances, an elder statesman, speaks to Aeneas during book XI. He tells Aeneas that he
admires him, and tells Aeneas that they will get rid of Turnus as an ally. The Latins and
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