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[ih-nee-uh s] /ɪˈni əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a Trojan hero, the reputed ancestor of the Romans: protagonist of the Aeneid. Unabridged
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  • As he wavers Aeneas poises the deadly weapon, and, marking his chance, hurls it in from afar with all his strength of body.

  • I think that I ought to go to Donegore to-day and tell Aeneas of our suspicions.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • His voice went strangely through the mask's parted lips, as he thanked Mr. Aeneas.

    The Happy Hypocrite Max Beerbohm
  • Four are still in his stables, but he gave the other two to Aeneas.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Evander shows the town to Aeneas, tells him of the former state of Latium, and points out to him the chief places of interest.

  • Then he sprang upon Aeneas's horses and drove them from the Trojan to the Achaean ranks.

    The Iliad Homer
  • The spear, therefore, sped from Aeneas's hand in vain and fell quivering to the ground.

    The Iliad Homer
  • But Diomed sprang upon Aeneas, though he knew him to be in the very arms of Apollo.

    The Iliad Homer
British Dictionary definitions for Aeneas


(classical myth) a Trojan prince, the son of Anchises and Aphrodite, who escaped the sack of Troy and sailed to Italy via Carthage and Sicily. After seven years, he and his followers established themselves near the site of the future Rome
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Word Origin and History for Aeneas

hero of the "Æneid," son of Anchises and Aphrodite, Latin, from Greek Aineias, of unknown origin, perhaps literally "praise-worthy," from ainos "tale, story, saying, praise" (related to enigma); or perhaps related to ainos "horrible, terrible." The Aeneid (late 15c. in English) is literally "of or pertaining to Aeneas," from French Enéide, Latin Æneida.

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Aeneas in Culture
Aeneas [(i-nee-uhs)]

A famous warrior of classical mythology; a leader in the Trojan War on the Trojan side. After the fall of Troy, Aeneas fled with his father and son and was shipwrecked at Carthage in northern Africa. There Dido, the queen of Carthage, fell in love with him and ultimately committed suicide when she realized that Aeneas could not stay with her forever. After many trials, Aeneas arrived in what is now Italy. The ancient Romans believed that they were descended from the followers of Aeneas.

Note: Aeneas is the hero of the Aeneid of Virgil.
Note: Because he carried his elderly father out of the ruined Troy on his back, Aeneas represents filial devotion and duty.
Note: The doomed love of Aeneas and Dido has been a source for artistic creation since ancient times.
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