Summary of the Aeneid

Each book can be divided into three parts or "acts".

Aeneid Book 1
 
1 - 304 The Trojans reach Africa
305 - 493 Aeneas enters Carthage
494 - 756 The beginning of Dido's passion
Book 2
 
1 - 267 Aeneas narrates the sack of Troy
268 - 633 Deceived by the Wooden Horse trick The end of Priam and Troy
634 - 804 Flight from Troy, directed by destiny
Book 3
 
1 - 291 Aeneas' narration of his travels. Their long journey begins with visits to various places
292 - 505 They visit Helenus at Buthrotum. He gives them a prophecy
506 - 718 The Trojans obey the prophecy. They visit the island of the Cyclops
Book 4
 
1 - 295 Aeneas and Queen Dido are united in love
296 - 503 On divine instruction, Aeneas prepares to leave Carthage and Did0
504 - 705 Dido commits suicide and curses Aeneas as he departs.
Book 5
 
1 - 103 Return to Sicily, the Trojans mark the anniversary of Anchises' death
104 - 603 The Funeral Games of Anchises
604 - 871 The Trojans depart minus the old and weary.Aeneas builds them a city
Book 6
 
1 - 267 Reaching Italy, their fate is foretold by the Sybil of Cumae
268 - 678 Aeneas visits the Underworld in search of his father
679 - 901 Reunion with Anchises, who shows him a vision of the future of his family and Rome
Book 7
 
1 - 286 Aeneas arrives in Latium
286 - 601 Juno employs Allecto to spread hatred and war
602 - 817 The troops gather for war between the Trojans and Latins.
Book 8
 
1 - 102 Aeneas goes to Pallanteum. Its King, Evander will be his ally.
103 - 608 He shows Aeneas the future site of Rome. Pallas becomes his protege
609 - 731 Aeneas puts on new armour,decorated with scenes of Rome's destiny
Book 9
 
1 - 168 In Aeneas' absence, Turnus advances on the Trojan camp
169 - 502 The abortive attempt of Nisus and Euryalus to warn Aeneas
503 - 818 The Italians attack the Trojan camp
Book 10
 
1 - 117 The gods debate the conflict
118 - 688 Pitched battle. The deaths of Pallas and Lausus
689 - 908 The fate of Mezentius
Book 11
 
1 - 182 Celebration of victory and mourning for the death of Pallas
183 - 498 Councils of War
499 - 916 Camilla joins Turnus' side. Aeneas and Turnus face up to each other
Book 12
 
1 - 215 Turnus' decision to fight Aeneas in single combat
216 - 697 Renewed general fighting. Success and disaster for the Latins
698 - 745 Aeneas' final victory