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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

hero of the "Æneid," son of Anchises and Aphrodite, Latin, from Greek Aineias, which is of unknown origin, perhaps literally "praise-worthy," from ainos "tale, story, saying, praise" (related to enigma); or perhaps related to ainos "horrible, terrible." The Aeneid (late 15c. in English) is literally "of or pertaining to Aeneas," from French Enéide, Latin Æneida.


In Greco-Roman mythology, Aeneas (; Greek: Αἰνείας, Aineías, possibly derived from Greek meaning "praised") was a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Venus ( Aphrodite). His father was a first cousin of King Priam of Troy (both being grandsons of Ilus, founder of Troy), making Aeneas a second cousin to Priam's children (such as Hector and Paris). He is a character in Greek mythology and is mentioned in Homer's Iliad. Aeneas receives full treatment in Roman mythology, most extensively in Virgil's Aeneid where he is an ancestor of Romulus and Remus. He became the first true hero of Rome.

Aeneas (disambiguation)

Aeneas was a Trojan hero in Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad.

Aeneas may also refer to:

Biblical or mythological characters:

  • Aeneas (biblical figure), a paralyzed man cured by Saint Peter in the Acts of the Apostles
  • Aeneas Silvius, mythological king of Alba Longa


  • Aeneas Tacticus (fl. 4th century BC), Greek military writer
  • Aeneas of Gaza (died c. 518), philosopher
  • Aeneas of Paris (died 870), Bishop of Paris
  • Aeneas de Caprara (1631–1701), Austrian field marshal
  • Aeneas Chigwedere (born 1939), Zimbabwean politician
  • Aeneas Chisholm (vicar apostolic) (1759–1818), Scottish Roman Catholic bishop
  • Aeneas Chisholm (bishop of Aberdeen) (1836–1918), Scottish Roman Catholic bishop
  • Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852), inventor of the Coffey still
  • Aeneas Gallant (1882–1971), Canadian farmer, merchant and politician
  • Aeneas Mackintosh (1879-1916), Antarctic explorer and British merchant navy officer
  • Æneas Baron Mackay (1839–1909), Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • Æneas MacKenzie (1889-1962), Hollywood screenwriter
  • Æneas Munson (1734-1826), American physician and Yale Medical School professor
  • Æneas Shaw (c. 1740–1814), soldier and politician of Upper Canada
  • Aeneas Williams (born 1968), American National Football League player


  • Aeneas, Washington, an unincorporated area in the American state of Washington
  • Aeneas, an impact crater of Saturn's moon Dione


  • HMS Aeneas (P427), Royal Navy submarine
  • Aeneas (troopship), a ship owned by the British government and wrecked in 1805

Other uses:

  • Aeneas Internet and Telephone, a telecommunications provider serving the state of Tennessee
  • Aeneas, a GNU software package substituted by GNU Archimedes on May 2012
Aeneas (biblical figure)

Aeneas is a character in the New Testament. According to Acts 9:32-33, he lived in Lydda, and had been a cripple for eight years. When Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat," he was healed and got up.

F. F. Bruce suggests that Aeneas was "one of the local Christian group, though this is not expressly stated." According to David J. Williams, there is some ambiguity in the Greek text of verse 34, which contains a phrase normally translated as "make thy bed". The text would literally be rendered as Peter telling Aeneas to "spread for himself", which might not refer to his bedding, but something else he had been unable to do. Williams suggests it could, for example, mean "Get yourself something to eat".

The account of Aeneas being healed is followed by an account of the raising of Dorcas.

Usage examples of "aeneas".

After Aeneas died and Iulus  grew up, he founded the city of Alba Longa on the Alban Mount-uphill from Bovillae, you might say.

Patricians of the tribe Fabia, once the Kings of Alba Longa, and descended from Iulus , who was the son of Aeneas, who was the son of the goddess Venus.

Virgil says Iulus  was actually Ascanius, the son of Aeneas by his Trojan wife, Creusa, and had accompanied Aeneas on all his travels.

When the black fog disappear a minute later, the god is gone but Aeneas is still lying there, wounded, hip shattered, bleeding.

Now it is Aeneas and Diomedes leading the fighting on opposite sides of the line, killing enemy captains by the bucketful, while Apollo and Ares urge more Trojans into the fray.

I watch as Aeneas slaughters the carefree Achaean twins, Orsilochus and Crethon.

Confronted with two legendary killers rather than one, Aeneas backs away.

Nearby is Aeneas, forging his new destiny here, no longer favored by the Fates.

I am Brutus, son of Silvius, son of Ascanius, son of Aeneas who was hero of Troy, and son of Aphrodite.

Brutus, son of Silvius, son of Ascanius, son of Aeneas, son of Aphrodite.

Yes, it would be hymned down the ages so loudly that it would put Aeneas and Turnus to shame!

I go back to Aeneas, whose father was a mortal man, but whose mother was Venus-Aphrodite.

Creusa died in the flames of Troy, but her son did escape with Aeneas and Anchises, and did come to Latium.

Not far down the Scamander lay Troy-fabled Ilium, from the burning ruins of which his ancestor Aeneas had fled before Agamemnon could capture him.

He visited Troy to do homage to his ancestor Aeneas, he went to Pessinus several times, and back to Byzantium, and anywhere, it seemed, save Pergamum and Tarsus, where Claudius Nero and Dolabella remained an extra year after all.