|A Leader For A New Generation
A Leader for a New Generation
In Webster’s dictionary, a leader is defined as a person that has commanding authority or influence over others. Such a leader can be found in The Aeneid, written by Virgil. The main character in the epic, Aeneas, shows the journey of a leader through struggles and trials. One can see the true definition of leadership through Aeneas’s strategy, bravery, and persistence.
During the Fall of Troy, Aeneas shows strategic leadership while pushing through the Greek lines. As the Trojan warriors defeat a surprised Greek crowd, Coroebus suggests that the men wear their trophies. Aeneas agrees and has his men wear the Greek insignia as a shield when breaking through enemy lines. Having success, Aeneas states, “Many a combat, hand to hand, we fought in the black of night, and many a Greek we sent to Orcus (the underworld)” (II.526-28). Fighting on, as the soldiers around him die, Aeneas climbs onto a high roof ...