The Aeneid, written by Virgil, is the story of pious Aeneas and the adventure that leads him to found Rome after the sack of Troy. This epic poem follows the development of Aeneas' character from an unwilling participant in his own fate to a man worthy and capable of the honor of founding Rome. However, Virgil chooses to end the story of Aeneas strangely in comparison to similar epic poems. Aeneas finds himself in the position to choose between killing his adversary Turnus, or, sparing his life.
Aeneas and Turnus agree to fight one-on-one to spare the lives of any more in the war.
At the end of the battle, Aeneas throws his spear, which pierces Turnus' shield and passes through his thigh. He's brought to his knees, powerless to fight Aeneas any longer and relinquishes Lavinia to Aeneas, pleading for mercy. Here Aeneas can choose Turnus' fate. It is within
It is clear that Virgil...