The Aeneid - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

Since they still could not reach Italy's shores, they sail west and land on Acestes' shores. He pays homage to Anchises for a blessing on them. As a tribute to Anchises, Aeneas announces funeral games. The games include boat races, a sprint, a boxing match and an archery contest. Finally, with Ascanius on horseback, three troops broke out into mock battles for everyone's enjoyment.

Juno stirs up some trouble when she sends Iris to influence the Trojan women to burn the fleet. The ruse works, and the women get riled up and start burning the ships. Aeneas prays to the gods to put the fires out and the skies pour rain on everything, so that the ships are saved. Anchises appears to Aeneas and tells him to let the aged and weary stay behind in Sicily and only take the strongest on to Italy. Venus makes an...

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