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What do you think Roman of Virgil's day would have found to admire or criticise in Aeneas's behaviour/actions on the last nigh

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What do you think Roman of Virgil's day would have found to admire or criticise in Aeneas's behaviour/actions on the last night of Troy

In Book two of the Aeneid we are told the story of how Troy was destroyed by the Greek army, this story is told in the words of Aeneas.

Before the destruction of troy had even begun we are able to find a major fault in the actions of Aeneas. When the Trojans first found the supposed gift to Athena on the beach they were confused. Looking at the horse some believed it was a sacred gift left by the Greeks in honour of Athena. But some doubted this and said it was a trap and it should be destroyed. One of the people who thought this was Laocoon, the priest of Neptune. Practically telling the Trojans the fate of the horse and throwing a spear into the horse's side where it quivered. The Romans wound criticise Aeneas for turning a blind eye to this information and not bothering to check the horse out for himself.

When reeling the great horse into the walls of troy the Trojans did not take account

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