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"Virgil invites us to see in Aeneas a new Odysseus often in similar situations but in vital ways profoundly different" What do you find to justify this comment, in books 1-6?

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"Virgil invites us to see in Aeneas a new Odysseus often in similar situations but in vital ways profoundly different" What do you find to justify this comment, in books 1-6?

Virgil's epic work "The Aeneid" was in part written as a propaganda piece for the emperor of the time Augustus. Which was an attempt to indirectly relate it's hero Aeneas, who in the Aeneid founds Rome and is of divine decent, to Augustus. Therefore to some extent Virgil is creating, in Aeneas, a hero which will please and serve the purpose of propaganda for Augustus. Perhaps Augustus was hoping that Virgil would create a character similar to Odysseus as Odysseus was a mythological character who was greatly admired by the classical world. There is sufficient evidence to say that this statement is correct, Virgil has made Aeneas similar to Odysseus and Aeneas is put into similar situations perhaps to highlight the connection between the two heroes.

From the first paragraphs of both "The Aeneid" and "The Odyssey" we are informed that they have both traveled a lot and the theme of journeying is a predominant in both epics as their largest similarity within the

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