The rise of Carthage

(Virgil, Aeneid I, 494 ff.)

Aeneas and his friends are warmly welcomed by Dido, who quickly falls in love with the stranger. She proudly shows him the city the gods advised her to build on a piece of land no bigger than a bull’s hide. She turned this rather ungenerous offer into an ingenious plan: she cut the hide into thin strips and used it to outline a large area of land. On that site, Dido built the new city of Carthage.

With the hustle and bustle of building all around them, Dido shows Aeneas a construction blueprint.

Tired from their wanderings, Aeneas and his Trojans decide to stay in Carthage for a while and Aeneas soon becomes enraptured by the queen.

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