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Aeneas was very popular

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Aeneas fleeing from Troy
Aeneas fleeing from Troy

Aeneas became an extremely popular figure during the days of the first Roman emperors (that is, in the 1st century BCE – 1st century CE) which probably resulted from the fact that the Julius family, of which Caesar was a member, was also supposed to come from Aphrodite.

Aeneas was most often depicted when he escaped from Troy, as in the case of the terracotta above.

Aeneas is the middle figure – a bearded man in full armour. In his left hand, he carries his father, wrapped in Anchises’ mantle, and with his right hand, he is supporting his son, Ascanius, in a Phrygian cap that emphasizes the Asian roots of the three.

Sources
  • Jakub Szamałek, Psiogłowy Eneasz, 21.11.2011

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