Dido 2


The doomed romance of Aeneas and Dido made Book IV of the Aeneid one of the most beloved and influential works of ancient literature. Although it is part of an epic, and written in the epic style that Virgil perfected, it draws heavily on tragic predecessors. It’s not hard to hear someone like Medea in the outpourings of the increasingly frantic Dido, as she feels her lover slipping away.

This passage comes near the start of Book IV. It follows immediately from a famous image of Dido as a wounded deer. From the very beginning of the book she seems to be losing control of her destiny. Love is a tricky thing.