To conceive of Aeneas as anything but a hero is to perceive of the clash of two civilizations; the mind of the modern reader and that of a Roman epic poet ultimately require some form of reconciliation. The vehicle for this understanding is the consideration of historical and social contexts. These are useful not only in decoding ancient literature, but also in a world that is swiftly becoming increasingly more global. In the face of this trend, it is necessary to equip ourselves with the tools needed to interact with one another with mutual understanding—the same tools used everyday for something as simple as reading.
LaFrance, Adrianne M.
"The Clash of Civilizations: Classical & Modern Definitions of Heroism in Vergil’s Aeneid,"
Reason and Respect: Vol. 4
, Article 3.
Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/rr/vol4/iss1/3