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[83] Si quaeras. We are to consider Dido as transported by her resentment, and disposed to view every thing in the worst light. She reproaches him with having before abandoned his wife Creusa, who was the daughter of Priam, and mother to Ascanius. This is affirmed by some writers; while others even say that he slew her with his own hand. Virgil gives a different account. According to him, Aeneas, missing his wife, whom he had ordered to follow him, went back in quest of her, and exposed himself to infinite dangers amidst the crowds of his enemies, but in vain; the Fates had decreed their separation, and destined for Aeneas another country and spouse.

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