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AENEAS, a Trojan prince, the fabled son of Venus by Anchises. - Arrived at manhood, he accompanied Paris, the seducer of Helen, to Troy, where he married Creusa, daughter of Priam, by whom he had a son named Ascanius. After taking that city, the Greeks proclaimed that every free man might carry away some portion of his goods. Aeneas, in consequence, bore off his household gods (Penates.) The Greeks were so touched by this action, that they gave him the same permission a second time. Aeneas immediately took his father on his shoulders. They then liberated all his family, and left him to take whatever belonged to him; at the same time assisting him with means for quitting the country. After a variety of adventures, the incidents of which are immortalised by the Muse of Mantua, Aeneas arrived in Italy, with the remnants of his Trojans; gained frequent victories over the native tribes and states, and at length, having killed Turnus in single combat, obtained of King Latinus his daughter Lavinia in marriage. It was in honour of that lady that, according to the Roman legend, he built a city called Lavinium: and the further result was the union of the aborigines with the Trojans, under the common appellation of Latins. It is added, that he died in battle with the Rutuli, on the banks of the Numicus. From Aeneas Sylvius, his son by Lavinia, are said to have descended all the kings of Alba Longa; and lastly Romulus and Remus, founders of the city of Rome. -
(Pitiscus, Lexicon Antiq. Rom. - Millin, Dictionnaire de la Fable.)

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