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Virgil quote

Arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris  
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit litora

I sing of arms and of the man, fated to be an exile;
who long since left the land of Troy and came to Italy
to the shores of Lavinium

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The Aeneid contains all the myths and psychology a society could ask for. When reading it you get the sense of what it was like to live in a culture where your ancestors go back a thousand years with great deeds and heroes. In such a culture a person would not need the jewish god or christian theology, a journey to the underworld providing much healing for a person’s psyche.

The abduction of Helen in The Iliad seems to have been replicated in The Rape of The Sabine Women by Romulus. And this seems to have been replicated as well by The Roman invasion of Gaul and Hispania.

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