Aeneas is the son of Aphrodite and Anchises.  His wife was Creusa, and their son together Ascanius.

During the Trojan War, Aeneas was the leader of the Dardanian troops under the overall command of Hector.  In the Iliad he was mentioned often, although he never assumed a leading role.

At one point, Aeneas is wounded by Diomedes.  Fearing for her son's life, Aphrodite rescues her son from certain death and brought him to Apollo, who healed the wounded Aeneas.

At the fall of Troy, Aeneas was the only Trojan prince able to escape from the city alive.  With his son, father, and followers he then eventually established a new home in Italy.  This was the subject of the Aeneid (for a summary, click here).

In Italy, he married Lavinia, founded the town of Lavinium, and become the ancestor of the first emperors of Rome.


  1. VirgilAeneid.

  2. LivyAb Urbe Condita.