Book Four of the Aeneid – Dido
The Union of Lovers - First act: lines 1-295
1-128: Dido reveals her love for Aeneas to her sister. The building of
Carthage is neglected. The meeting of Juno and Venus. They determine to unite the lovers.
129ff: The Tyrians and their guests go hunting.
168ff: Juno produces a storm, which scatters the hunters.
173ff: Dido and Aeneas take shelter in a cave and fulfil their love. Rumour speeds throughout Africa.
198ff: The anger of Iarbas, Dido’s suitor.
219ff: Jupiter harkens to his pleas and sends Mercury to hasten Aeneas on his way.
205ff:Mercury reminds Aeneas of his duty.
279ff:Aeneas decides to depart.
The Parting of the Ways – Second act: lines 296-503
296: Dido perceives the preparations for departure.
305ff:She pleads with Aeneas
331ff: Aeneas makes his excuses.
326ff: Dido flies into a fury and faints
393ff:The Trojans make their preparations.
416ff: Dido appeals to Anna to soften Aeneas’ heart.
450ff:Dido contemplates suicide
474ff:She asks Anna to build a pyre in order to burn Aeneas’ arms and
The Death of Dido – Final act: lines 504-707
504: The pyre is built and due rites performed.
522ff:Dido contemplates several courses of action.
554ff:Mercury warns Aeneas to depart immediately.
571ff: The Trojans put to sea.
584: Dido sees the departure of the fleet. She flies into a rage.
607ff:She utters a curse on Aeneas and all his descendants.
630ff:The Queen climbs the pyre and…
663ff:…falls upon her sword. Anna finds her and she dies in her sister’s