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Fate in "The Aeneid"

Summary: The theme of fate in "The Aeneid," by Virgil. The characters all encounter fate in different ways, with Aeneas serving his fate by following it.
It is consistently difficult to understand in old world literature, from Homeric epics to Virgil's work, The Aeneid, what the relation of fate is to the Pantheon of gods. There seems to be an ongoing debate within the texts discussing whether "fate" is the supreme ruling force in the universe and the controlling element of the lives of men, or whether fate is the will of the king of gods, Jupiter. In, The Aeneid, several situations and instances of the use of fate are presented to the reader. The direction and destination of Aeneas's course are preordained, and his various sufferings and glories in battle and at sea over the course of the epic merely postpone his unchangeable destiny.

The power of fate looms over and above the power the gods possess in the natural world. Often, fate is connected with Jupiter, the most powerful god...

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