The Aeneid Books IIII
The Aeneid: Books I-III
What makes Aeolus go along with Juno’s plan to destroy the Trojans?
In the beginning of The Aeneid we learn that Juno, the queen of gods, hates the Trojans
because of Paris’ judgment against her. The city of Carthage is beloved by Juno;
“it is said...more dear than her own Samos; here she kept her chariot and
armor”(Book I, 25-26), and there is a rumor that one day the Trojans will destroy
the city. Juno describes the thought of this as being unbearable, so she tries to prevent
any Trojans from coming near the city. Aeneas and his men are Trojans. Juno feels she
must stop them so she calls on Aeolus, the god of winds. Aeolus answers, and he unleashes
a fierce storm onto the men.
When Aeolus listens to Juno’s plead for help, he replies “O Queen, your task
is to discover what you wish; and mine, to act at your command”(Book I, 110-113).
Why does Aeolus act as Juno’s slave? Juno tries to bribe him with promises of
beautiful nymphs (Book I, 104-109), but surely Aeolus was able to find suitable lovers on
his own, that would not be enough to convince Aeolus. I would say that Aeolus obeys Juno