Mercury reminds Aeneas of his vow to travel to Italy

(Virgil, Aeneid IV, 265 ff.)

Jupiter, king of the gods, loses patience with Aeneas who appears to have forgotten his vow to travel to Italy and start a new kingdom. It is time to take action. Mercury, messenger to the gods, is sent to remind Aeneas of this task.

Aeneas is startled by the sudden appearance of Mercury and remembers what was asked of him. It is true: his love of Dido had blinded him to the request of the gods. Although it pains him to leave her, he has no choice. Yet Aeneas is afraid to tell Dido and begins laying his plans for departure in secrecy.

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