In Classical mythology, Aeneas is a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. He fought valiantly during the Trojan War and was kept safe from harm by the gods.
After the fall of Troy, he led a group of survivors west and ultimately settled in Latium, a story told by Virgil in his epic poem Aeneid. His son Ascanius, also named Iulus, became the ancestor of the Roman family of the Julii, to which Julius Caesar and, through adoption, emperor Augustus belonged.
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