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Re: Anchises and Aphrodite

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"Richard Seddon" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 1 Mar 2001 10:03:55 -0700

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Rick

I've been out tending sheep now for a while.  No Aphrodite.  When should I
expect a visit?

Rick
-----Original Message-----
From: Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, February 26, 2001 12:28 PM
Subject: Anchises and Aphrodite


>>>From http://www.idmon.freeserve.co.uk/zmytha.htm
>
>
>Anchises King of Dardania.
>
>One day Aphrodite (Roman name Venus) came to him while he was looking
>after his sheep on Mount Ida.  Prior to her visit she had angered Zeus
>and in his anger he made her fall in love with the mortal
>Anchises. She appeared before him as a mortal girl and from there
>union Aeneas was born. On discovering she was a goddess Anchises
>feared great punishment, a common occurance to mortals who had become
>lovers of goddesses, but received none on condition of complete
>silence. Aeneas was removed from Anchises to be brought up by the
>mountain nymphs.
>
>When five years old Aphrodite removed Aeneas and returned him to his
>father. Years later, in a state of drunkenness, Anchises boasted that
>he had been the the lover of Aphrodite and for this Zeus lamed him
>with a thunderbolt and Aphrodite deserted him. By the time of the
>Trojan Wars Anchises was to old and infirm to take part but refused to
>escape the ravaged city with his family until the occurance of two
>omens:- a flame could be observed on the head of his grandson Ascanius
>(Iulus) and, a meteor fell to earth.
>
>Only then carried on the back of his son Aeneas did he leave the
>city and accompany his son on the voyage to discover the site of
>new Troy. Rome. Virgil in the Aeneid claims Anchises died in
>Sicily while another tradition says he was to die in Arcadia.
>Nevertheless, Aeneas was once again to see his father, in the
>underworld.
>
>
>Aeneas In Homers Illiad
>
>Aeneas was an important Trojan warrior second only to Hector and was
>the only warrior to be given any hope of the future: for Poseiden
>prophesised that he would reign over Troy (Illium) in years to come
>and save the House of Dardanus from extinction. It was ironical that
>Aeneas, who complained that Priam the king of Troy never gave him due
>recognition, was to succeed Priam as the ruler of Troy, but of course,
>Aeneas's Troy was the new Troy; Rome!
>
>Aeneas was born on Mount Ida, the result of the union of the mortal
>Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite and given by his mother to the
>mountain nymphs. At the age of five he was returned to his
>father. When the Trojan war began Aeneas led the Dardanian troops
>(Dardania was a town on the slopes of Mount Ida) but was subserviant
>to Hector, Troys' supreme commander. Aeneas resented Hectors' superior
>power, Priams disdain, and the domination of Troy over his own
>town. The Greek leader Achiles drove Aeneas from Dardania and he took
>refuge in Troy and was their during the events described in the
>Illiad.
>
>Though he was a great warrior during the Trojan war it is not for
>this that he became important. His importance rests with the long
>voyage from the sacked and ravaged Troy (Illium) to the creation of
>Rome. It is this epic that is the basis for one of the greatest works
>of classical literature - The Aeneid by Virgil.
>
>
>
>

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