"I want Carthage and Troy to be conjured before us, and Dido and Aeneas"
Dido and Aeneas, by Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
Public DomainDido and Aeneas, by Pierre-Narcisse Guérin - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

On his journey from Troy to Italy to found ancient Rome, Aeneas and his men were washed up at Carthage on the coast of North Africa. There Aeneas sought the hospitality of Dido, queen of Carthage, who fell in love with the Trojan prince. Aeneas stayed with her for a time, but destiny bade him move on. When he left, Dido was so distraught that she committed suicide. Later, Dido and Aeneas’ love story would become a tragic episode in Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, written during the reign of Augustus (after Cicero’s death).

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