The Transition of Power to Aeneas and His Transformation Into a Leader


Aeneas is the son of the goddess Aphrodite, but this has not secured him a leading position among the Trojans nor has it placed him high in decision-making bodies. But Aeneas is destined to become a leader the night the Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse: he must lead the surviving Trojans to a new place and found a new city. In the process he will transform from a “nobody” to a leader survivors will place their hopes with. Aeneas will not assume power automatically, but his narration in Book 2 of Virgil’s Aeneid helps us follow his transformation.

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