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The subtlety in the differences between Aneas and Turnus, reflect
the subtlety in the differences between the Aeneid and the Iliad. Although
both characters are devout and noble, Aneas does not possess the ardent
passion of Turnus. Unlike Turnus, Aneas is able to place his beliefs in
the fated establishment of Latium before his personal interests. Although
Turnus is not a bad person, the gods favor Aneas in their schemes. The
roles of Aneas and Turnus are reversed as the Aeneid progresses. The
erasure of Aneas' free will accounts for his triumph and success.
Time and time again, Aneas' courage, loyalty, and will are tested
in the Aeneid. Through seemingly endless journeys by sea, through love left
to wither, and through war and death, Aneas exhibits his anchored
principals and his unwavering character.
"Of arms I sing and the hero, destiny's exile...
Who in the grip of immortal powers was pounded
By land and sea to sate the implacable ...