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Dido and Aeneas

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This is Storynory’s production of the ancient legend about the foundation of Rome. It’s a love story with plenty of tragic drama, and we think it will appeal to slightly older children and young adults. That said, it is pretty exciting too.

Aeneas, prince of Troy, is shipwrecked off the coast of Africa by the goddess Juno. He is taken in by Queen Dido of Carthage. He then finds himself torn between love and destiny.

The great Roman poet, Virgil (70 BC to 19BC) wrote a really long poem (12 books) called “The Aeneid”. In one of those books is the story of Dido and Aeneas. An Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) wrote a play called “Dido, Queen of Cathage” about Dido’s love for Aeneas. Bertie has written this special “Storynory edition” for your enjoyment.

The following story is written out, as a play script. Bertie suggests that you and your friends read it as a play – even act it out!

If you are following along with the audio, the narrator and the male characters are spoken by Richard Scott.  All the female characters are read by Natasha Gostwick. Music by Purcell and Handel from Partners in Rhyme
Adapted for Storynory by Bertie.
Duration 27 Minutes.

Dido and Aeneas.

Narrator

My story is of a man torn between love and destiny. Aeneas was his name, and he was a Prince of Troy. When that city was destroyed by the Greek Army, he fled from the flames carrying his old father on his back, and with his son at his side. He gathered a band of Trojans and set sail in a fleet of ships. But his journey was long and hard, beset by dangers and troubles.

Why should a just a man suffer so? The answer is not hard to find. All the evil and suffering in the world is wished upon us by the gods, or is the debris of their own quarrels and strife. A goddess hated Aeneas with all the fury of her immortal heart. Her name was Juno, and she was queen of heaven. Her enmity went back a long way.

It all began with a divine squabble. Three goddesses met on the island of Crete and wrangled over who was the fairest. And while the divine ones were bickering and threatening to scratch each other’s eyes out, along stumbled Paris, Prince of Troy, out hunting in the woods. The goddesses appointed him as judge of their beauty. He chose Venus, and won a great reward from her, in the fair form of a woman, Helen, who was more lovely than any other. But he earned the immortal hatred of Juno.

Paris and Helen. Their names united into the greatest scandal of the Bronze Age. He was Trojan, she was Greek, and while they lay in each others arms, their countries locked in armed combat. After ten years of war, Troy was destroyed utterly. You would think that the Goddess had taken enough revenge on Paris and all the Trojans, but still she was not satisfied. Now Juno looked down from the skies and spotted Aeneas, a near relative of Paris, sailing across the sea, escaping his burning city. And this is what she said to herself:

Juno
Another of those pomaded Trojan lover-boys is setting out to create trouble in the world. I see his destiny all too clearly. He is leading his men to Italy, where his decedents will found a new city: Rome. And Rome shall grow into a proud ,powerful, and disgustingly hypocritical empire. The toga wearers shall make slaves of free peoples in the name of the law, peace and religion. They will conquer nations and utterly destroy Carthage, the city which does more honour to me than any other. But do you know what? I think I’ll do the world a favour. I’ll spare it Rome. I’ll destroy this Aeneas and his fleet of ships before they touch land. No Aeneas, no Rome. Now Blow Winds Blow !

Narrator
And Aeolus, king of the winds, heard the command from the Queen of Heaven, and boy did he blow. He sent a ship splintering storm straight at the fleet of Aeneas. Aeneas and his men thought then that they would soon be fish food. But Neptune, the lord of the waters, heard the winds, and rolled his eyes around the earth, the sea and the skies, and when he saw the storm-tossed ships he said: Hey what’s all this? I’m in charge here. Jupiter and his dysfunctional family can do what they like up in the skies, but the waters are mine, and I won’t stand for any insubordination here. If there’s sinking to be done, then I’m the one to do it. And with a wave of his Trident, he sent the winds whimpering back into their box, and the seas settled down.

The battered ship of Aeneas, with broken oars and tattered sails, made its way to the shores of Libya. The sailors jumped over the sides and swam to the beach. They were plenty glad to feel the hot sand between their toes. As for the other Trojan ships, they did not know if they were lost of saved.

Now the goddess Venus looked down on the shipwrecked Trojans with more than a casual interest. Aeneas was none other than her own son. As any good mother would, she went to the Lord of the Skies and put in a complaint about her boy’s treatment.

( Venus)
This is too much! Is it not enough that jealous Juno burned Troy? Can’t you reign in that neurotic consort of yours? My Aeneas is destined to found Rome, and now look at him, poor darling, he’s a shipwrecked wretch on the shores of Africa. And it’s Juno’s doing as usual.

( Jupiter)
And father Jupiter sighed and sent a gush of wind over the mountain tops. Venus my dear, he said, Dismiss your fears. The fates are fixed. I’ve no intention that your son should be denied his destiny. There is an African Queen who will take good care of him. Dido is her name, and she lives in Great Splenour in the city of Carthage. She is just and fair. Send Aeneas to her, and she will give him all he needs.

Narrator
Venus took the hint. Lovely Dido would put vim back in her son’s limbs. And there was a nice twist to the tale. For Carthage was Juno’s city, and if its queen fell for Aeneas, that would be one in the eye for the Queen of Heaven. She liked that.

Aeneas left his men on the beach while he climbed a cliff to see what he could see. At the top he met a being who gave him cause for hope. She was a huntress, and by her beauty, had no doubt that she was at least partly divine. He saw her sitting on a rock, and as he came up to her she said:

Venus
Young man. Have you seen any of my sisters here about, wearing leopard skins and carrying bows?

Aeneas
No, I haven’t. Last night I was shipwrecked, and you are the first soul I have set eyes upon since I swam ashore.

Venus
And tell me shipwrecked sailor, what is your name?

Aeneas
Aeneas, prince of Tory. Winds and war drove me here across the seas.

Venus
Then your fortunes are changing for the better. Lucky you to be washed up on this courteous coast. Not far from here, a gracious queen is building a city that matches your famed Troy for splendor and beauty. Her name is Dido, and the city is Carthage. Seek an audience with her, and you shall receive a warm welcome. And now I must leave you, and find my errant sisters.
Aeneas

Goddess wait – I see now from the way you move that you are Venus – Oh Mother ! Why do you only ever appear to me in disguise ?

Venus

Fair-well my son. Make speed to Dido. I shall cloak you in an invisible cloud to protect you from danger.

Narrator

When the walls of Carthage came into view, Aeneas could not help but weep. For in every respect it was as if he was looking at his own dear home, the City of Troy at the height of its splendor, before the Greeks reduced it to ruins. As he passed through the arched gates, it was as if he was returning home. The inside of the portal was engraved with pictures of the greatest of the Trojans. Here was King Priam. There was Queen Hecuba. And totally true to life, Hector, the most formidable of the Trojans in battle, the tenderest family man at home, held his son in his great hands. The little boy cried because his father’s bronze helmet frightened him. His mother Andromache held out her slender arms. They were all gone now. Dust. Memories. Pictures. Gazing Aeneas said to himself:

Aeneas

These are the tears of the world.

Narrator

He made his way through the noisy streets, as invisible as a ghost, until he reached the Palace. In the great hall there was a sight to gladden his sad eyes. A crowd of his men from the lost ships, those whom he had thought to be drowned in the storm, were gathered there. Venus lifted the invisible cloud from her son. He appeared among his friends and greeted them with hugs and tears. While the reunion was still going on, Queen Dido came into the hall. She was a tall striking figure. She wore jewels in her black hair, and her robe was sewn with gold and silver thread.

Aeneas stepped forward and begged pardon for the tattered rags that he wore.

Dido

Never mind your clothes. Tell me who is the man within them..

Aeneas

Mighty Queen. Once I was a Trojan. But Troy is no more. It is no longer so simple to say who I am.

Dido

But you have a name presumably?

Narrator

At this, one of Aeneas’s men spoke up: “Gracious Queen. Behold our general, Warlike Aeneas, Prince of Troy, and though he wears rags, he is a no less a great man.”

Dido

Well then, Warlike Aeneas, be seated, and I shall send for splendid robes that befit your birth, and cover your recent misfortune. And then we shall hold a banquet in honour of our Trojan guests.

Narrator

And when the banquet took place, Queen Dido sat with her sister Dido on her one side, and Aeneas on the other. The Queen begged Aeneas to describe the last days of Troy, as she had heard so many conflicting reports. Aeneas described how the Greek Achilles slaughtered the Trojan Hector. How Prince Paris left his chamber of love and fired a poisoned arrow into the heal of Achilles. How the Greeks boarded their ships and left behind a wooden horse. The Trojans rejoiced to see their foes depart. But the belly of the horse was hollow and full of Greek spies. They opened the gates of Troy and let in the invading army. As Aeneas made his way out of the city with his father and son, his sword saved them from death a dozen times, but the doom of Troy was done. He described to the Queen the leaping flames, the clashing bronze, and the desperate cries, Dido could not help but weep.

Dido
“Oh stop, Aeneas, I can hear no more. I am melting with pity.”

Narrator

But Venus sent a sweet balm to heal the sorrow of the Queen. The young son of Aeneas lay asleep on a couch in a chamber away from the noisy feast. The Goddess willed Cupid to take on his exact likeness, and she sent him into the banqueting hall.

Dido
“Ah, who is this sweet sleepy-eyed boy? Is he your son.

Aeneas
He is my lady. His name is Ascanius. His mother, I am afraid to say, did not survive the destruction of our city by the Greeks.

Dido
Come Ascanius. Sit on my lap. I shall mother you a while.

Narrator
Venus had disguised Cupid so cunningly in the form of Ascanius, that even Aeneas thought he was his own son. Nobody recognised the boy who brings love.

Cupid hung his arms around the neck of Venus and his breath worked its charm on her. Sweetness flowed in her veins for the man who sat by her side – the shipwrecked prince whom the winds had blown to her shores.

While Aeneas was turned away to talk to a ship captain, she whispered in the ear of her sister Anna:

Dido
“Our Trojan Prince speaks as well as he looks, does he not?”

Narrator

And Anna agreed with her sister that their guest was worthy of their hospitality.

As yet, Cupid had worked just enough charm to keep things sweet between Dido and Aeneas, and to ensure that the queen gave her guest all the help that he needed. This was the way Venus liked to work things. As the goddess looked down with satisfaction on the scene, she received a visitor she had not expected. Juno hailed her across the skies.

Juno

Sister of Love. It is time to end our quarrel with a wedding. Our interests are united in Dido and Aeneas. Let them rule Carthage together as King and Queen. Their children shall build a glorious city that will surpass Troy in its beauty and fame. There will be no need for Rome. The toga-wearers shall never be. Carthage shall not be ruined by Romans. Your son shall be the father of a great people without touching the shores of Italy.

Narrator

And Dido saw advantage in this pact with her Sister. The following day, when Dido and Aeneas rode out hunting together, she sent Cupid to fire his arrows into the side of the Queen. They were tipped with love, and now Passion for Aeneas flowed Deep in the breast of the Queen. The African sun hid behind a cloud and a great storm, unusual for this time of year, broke out. The sharp eyes of Aeneas caught site of a cave, and he led the Queen their to shelter from the rain.

Aeneas

How are you my Queen? Your face suggests that something is troubling you. Do not fear this hurly burly in the heavens. The storm will pass soon.

Dido

Perhaps too soon for Dido.

Aeneas

What do you mean by this strange remark?

Dido

Only that Aeneas loves me not.

Aeneas

I would not presume to aim so high.

Dido

I will open my heart to you, even though I fear my words will bring shame on me. I love one who loves fame more than woman.

Aeneas

With this my hand I give you my heart. I vow on this sword which saved me from the Greek army that while Dido lives and rules in Carthage City, I will never love any but her.

Dido

Your words are like the sweet music of the gods to me.

Narrator

And so Aeneas, willed on by the colluding goddesses, swore a love that did not fit his destiny. The future that the fates had spun for him was to sail to Italy and found Rome. But for now he lingered in the arms of Dido.

His men mended the broken ships and gossiped and complained about their general’s new distraction. When they spoke of Dido and Aeneas it was almost as if they were speaking once again of Paris and Helen. It was a private love that did no public good.

The word spread, and reached even the Father of the Skies. Jupiter sent Mercury, the messenger of the gods, to whisper in the hero’s ear while he slept in the arms of his queen. And Aeneas dreamed of the Colosseum, the forum, and the seven hills of Rome. He saw a city more beautiful than Troy, more wealthy than Carthage.

In the morning he went down to the harbour to inspect his ships, and his captain told him that he was ready to set sail. He spoke to Aeneas

Ship’s Captain

“Sail with us now my Lord. If you return to the queen her womanly wiles will persuade you to stay. Her silver arms will coil around your neck. Her pearly tears will beg you stay. No man, though he face the fiercest foes without dread, can endure a woman’s soft tears. I speak plainly My Lord. But I say to your face what all the men say behind your back. “

Aeneas

I appreciate your blunt frankness, but beauty calls me back. I cannot break love’s law by stealing away like a thief. Let no one call Aeneas a coward in love or in battle.

Narrator

And so Aeneas returned to Dido to give her is final fare-well. But Dido had already heard news of the Trojan Fleet that was ready to sail, and her spies had informed her that Aeneas was ready to go with them.

Dido

Oh cursed Trojans that would steal my love from me ! Is this how they repay my hospitality? I would look they other way if they thieved my silver or gold, but they take my very life.

Aeneas

My queen. I have come to give you my goodbye, although I feared that you would try to keep me here.

Dido

False Aeneas ! You need not have feared. Be gone from my sight.

Aeneas

I cannot leave without kissing your hand one last time.

Dido

See I take the crown from my head and place it on yours. How it becomes you. Stay by my side King Aeneas. Carthage is yours. Is this prize not a fair exchange for the Troy that you have lost? Why seek you a new city when you have one here.

Aeneas

A bronze helmet fits my destiny better than golden crown.

Dido

Then you put to sea?

Aeneas

Duty calls.

Dido

Then duty is a murderer because I shall die if it takes you away from me.

Aeneas

I leave you my sword to remember me by. It is as much part of me as my right arm. It has saved my life many a time. It is the most I can give.

Dido

Be gone, be gone. I cannot bear to look upon your faithless face any longer. My sorrow is strangling me. My throat is dry. I can speak no more.

Aeneas

Fair well my queen. I will never love another as I have loved you. On the day that I die, I will think of you. I will go to the next world with your face before my eyes. Fair-well.

Dido

Be gone. It is time for Warlike Aeneas to run.

Narrator

And Aeneas went directly to his ship.

Dido

Fair sister Anna. Command the priests build a pyre. I will make a sacrifice to the gods. I will pray to Neptune and Juno to calm the winds and keep him here, or better, to send a storm and wreck him once more. Let the faithless wretch swim to Italy !

Narrator

And while the priests built a pyre in the courtyard of the temple, Dido stood on her balcony and watched the ships set sail.

Dido

The winds blew my love to me, and now they take him away. The nymphs of the sea carry him from me. Chains of gold could not anchor him here. What have I done to offend the gods that they separate me from happiness? If only I had the wings of Icarus I could fly out to him? Where is the friendly dolphin that will carry me on his back behind the ship of Aeneas? Or if I could swim like Neptune’s niece.

Oh how I am raving. Love has poisoned me with lunacy. See how Aeneas is rejoicing with his sailors as cross the waves away from me. He has forgotten his Dido already.

Ah the priests have set the fire. The flames are consuming the coals. I see in their light, a future full of destruction.

Oh Juno, protector of our city, I pray to you, let him build his precious Rome, for Jupiter wills it so, and let the city grow to be great and powerful, but let Carthage send a general to destroy it. May an African army ride elephants across the seas and over the mountains right up to the walls of Troy, and may Rome’s dust blow on the winds and mingle with Troy’s.

And now where is that sword of Aeneas? It protected his life but now it takes away mine. No, his frown has already destroyed the Dido who lived but a few short months ago before she set eyes upon the faithless Trojan. The woman whose sparkling eyes drew a 100 suitors from all Africa, Europe and Asia is gone. All that is left for me now is lunacy. I shall not go mad. Better die.

Narrator

And although Aeneas felt the wind in his hair, and the salt in his nostrils, and heard the cry of gulls above his ship – and although he felt that the chains of destiny were pulling him to freedom – he did not forget his Dido. He looked back at the walls of Carthage and saw smoke rising from the temple. He thought to himself.

Aeneas

“That is all that is left of my love.”

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114 Responses to “Dido and Aeneas”

  • Bertie says:

    Surely Richard said his name? He’s our Richard Scott.

  • Anonymous says:

    The story was cool.
    But whoa was the person reading it? He didn’t say his name!!

  • Kaylee says:

    This is cool and good for my learning!, Great story!

  • Kaylee says:

    This is cool :D

  • sil says:

    i just dont like who says the story

  • sil says:

    really nice story

  • cohen says:

    good story

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Im pleased. Dido and Anaes is a very passionate and dramatic greek myth and perfect for a play as youve found on Storynory.com
    Thanks for listening

    Bye Bye
    N *

  • Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    February 17, 2012 at 5:53 pm
    its so long to write down :c
    someone you don’t know says:
    February 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm
    this wuz great!!!!!
    teresa says:
    February 15, 2012 at 6:45 pm
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    sally says:
    February 15, 2012 at 6:43 pm
    It was awesome!,kinda funny and epotional
    Melissa says:
    February 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm
    good story
    Amanabelle says:
    January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm
    I luv storie nory and my teecher is heelping me lern englis beter becose i am not very good at my englis becose my mane langwige is french thank yoo storie nory for making me be mor flu

  • colin says:

    Love it!

  • superstar diva says:

    I love Greek myths!!!
    I just saw this in the internet before I went to Canada!
    But can you answer me Natasha or Bertie?
    Where can we find the Norse Mythology Myths??
    Where section is it???

  • Anonymous says:

    its so long to write down :c

  • someone you don't know says:

    this wuz great!!!!!

  • teresa says:

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sally says:

    It was awesome!,kinda funny and epotional

  • Melissa says:

    good story

  • Amanabelle says:

    I luv storie nory and my teecher is heelping me lern englis beter becose i am not very good at my englis becose my mane langwige is french thank yoo storie nory for making me be mor fluent.

  • lll says:

    it was raelly bad

  • lolypop1767 says:

    this time is off if it were the 20th it would be my b-day wiered that or the public schools computer is wrong.

  • lolypop1767 says:

    this story is so long i couldnt read it please make a summery but thanks for making a site that reads it out loud for the kids who dont know how 2 read.if my friends are reading this greek mythology (AKA dork mythology) is a little dorky but im not a complete nerd im just not a cool idiot.

  • christian says:

    its a stupid story…

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Yes there are other Greek Myths that you can listen to, including Helen of Troy and The Minotaur and Orpheus. The tales have lots of similar themes that you can draw from and they will help you.

    Thanks for listening
    Bye Bye
    N *

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Thanks for your comment we learn a lot from the character of Dido and Anaes. Their love for one another has to be sacrificed for the good of the battle that Anaes is determined to fight against the Trojans. I hope you enjoy listening to this and other greek myths on storynory.com including The Minotaur and Orpheus.
    Bye Bye

    N *

  • Tortuga says:

    Greek stories are sad.
    Why didn’t Dido go with Aeneas ? !!!
    This story reminds me of the loves that have entered and exited my life.
    I go forward now but with much more tenderness and caring for others..because I know that one day all will change.

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Thank you for your comment
    Dido & Anaes is a dramatic greek tale, and one which we learn the value of greek myths today. Dido & Anaes are like star crossed lovers and it is tragic that their love cannot be united. Aneas leaves Carthage and Dido behind when he sets sail to the burnt city of Troy,and so the story is also left open ended.

    Thanks for listening
    Bye Bye
    N *

  • pj says:

    i love it it is so nice make some bye my mother f***

  • Mya says:

    I love this story so wonderful. <3 :)

  • Anonymous says:

    i love this story

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Thank you.
    This greek myth is great for audio as is very dramatic. The young Dido & Aeneas are unable to unite because Aenaes must protect his Trojan his army to the bitter end.
    I hope you enjoy listening to this and more greek myths at Storynory.com

    Thanks for listening
    Bye Bye
    N *

  • Sam says:

    I really like this! I really like the story especialy the adio I thought that was great for kids!

  • luv robby says:

    awesome story STORYNORY

    the present time is 9:56pm

  • luvroby says:

    cool story

  • Jasmine says:

    I really liked this story. But it is very sad. Do you have other Greek myths?

  • Bertie says:

    Dear mmmeri, our Bertie stories have lots of teenager problems in them !

  • mmmeri says:

    bertie can you tell me about your teenager prblems

  • fizza says:

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    jUST LOVED IT.

  • fizza says:

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  • scott says:

    please get some percy jackson storys on here

  • Anonymous says:

    whoever wrote the comment about Percy Jackson, YOU’RE AWESOME!!!
    signed,
    #1 Percy Jackson fan

  • Anonymous says:

    Such a beautiful story, it makes me cry

  • ghada says:

    This beautiful story

  • ghada says:

    very good story

  • cleo/mandy says:

    it was azome i love it 9its so cool

  • Natasha says:

    Hello

    Thank you,the Greek Myths are very interesting, with epic journeys of adventure.
    Bertie will be pleased to know that you enjoyed reading the dramatised versions of the story.

    Bye Bye
    N*

  • kaitlen says:

    its pretty good add a little more info then good ok then readin rest and there quiet good thank you for putting these on their these are really intresting

  • Natasha says:

    Dear Pretty,
    Thank you for your comment.
    Dido and Aeneas is a highly dramatic story adapted from the Roman poet Virgil. It is perhaps interesting because despite the love between Aeneas and Dido who could rule Carthage together as King & Queen, Aeneas must leave and follows his destiny with the ship with new lands to conquer to regain his lost city of Troy. He leaves behind his sword to Dido and swears he will never love anyone else and she blesses the Greek winds Neptune and Juno to set calm winds for the ship as it sails.

    Thank you for listening
    N *

  • pretty says:

    its really an interesting love story.i love it.

  • Zaine says:

    It’s a wonderful story! I LOVE Greek Mythology! I started knowing them and learning them when I read the Percy Jackson series like 4 years ago I think.

  • Babul,India says:

    i am a spoken english teacher, your stories help me a lot. thanks indeed.

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Sydney that’s great I’m really glad our story helped you with your project. Aphrodite and Athena definitely didn’t like each other very much.

  • Sydney says:

    This story helped me so much with a project I have about Aphrodite(Venus).

  • sue says:

    don’t you have an myths about how the earth started, you know, day married light and had morning and dark?

  • Lily says:

    This story was great, did u see this one?

  • fatima says:

    i love it! it a great story of love and destiny who would hate it.It got tears rolling down my cheek.

  • sreeja says:

    that story was brillient i loved it ,it was great did u hear that story?

  • Miko says:

    I think they sshold put these on our computer perminate

  • troy says:

    this story could not be better its so cool can you write some books about this story and i will love to read them thanks

  • [...] Dido and Aeneas | Free Audio StoryThe story of Dido and Aeneas was first told by the great Roman poet Virgil, and has since been retold many times. … [...]

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Eric, .. I must have missed that when I was reading Virgil at school a few decades ago, but with the help of Google I see what you mean

    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DidosProblem.html

    I’m not really sure all our listeners would say it was absolutely essential for the story, but it is interesting and thanks for pointing it out.

  • Eric says:

    But whatever happened to the Bull’s skin and the clever problem — now known as “Dido’s Problem” — which gave rise to that branch of mathematics called by the name of ‘The Calculus of Variations?’

  • hazza says:

    this is amesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Me ^_^ says:

    .. This story amazed me! it was great… but it’s not complete ): … But thnx for this….

  • Taylor says:

    Wow!that was sooooooooooooooo cool!

  • asionoctus says:

    this story was so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenna says:

    Amazing, im so interested in Mythology and this has been great. thank-you :)

  • siriphong says:

    thanks you

  • mang says:

    Awesome!!!!!

  • me2 says:

    this storynory is the best EVER…BERTIE ROX

  • Ana says:

    I love the hole page. Very educational. Congratulations.

  • val says:

    THIS WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I NEED TO READ MORE GREEK/ROMAN MYTHS.IT TEARS MY BOREDOM INTO PEICES.

  • Bertie says:

    Cara you are right that we have put a Roman myth under Greek – but we don’t have enough Roman myths yet to justify a whole new category. Perhaps one day… .I think you will find this is a good one though, and it does continue on from Troy, the greatest Greek myth of all.

  • cara says:

    i wanted a greek myth not roman

  • Anonymous says:

    good bye Mitzi

  • mitzi says:

    really quit good x

  • yuki says:

    I liked the story!
    I’m looking forward more next time.
    More power and good luck!

  • Chu says:

    I Love Fairy Tales Storys.Please write more.

  • Chu says:

    I love Sotry Tales :D

  • Cindy says:

    Wa Super Cool :O I CANNOT believe she is the doddess od heaven! So COOL!:D

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    I can’t believe she is the goddess of heaven! Heaven is for good people with zero sins. She is greedy and selfish, unlike a goddess. I can’t believe she is Zeus’s (Jupiter’s)wife.Doesn’t he realized that she is up to no good?

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    SHe is sure bad.

  • Bertie says:

    Juno is the Queen of Heaven, the wife of Jupiter. Her greek name is Hera. She is clearly a bit touchy and thinks other goddesses should respect her.

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    WHat type of goddess is Juno?

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Dario

    Happy Birthday !

  • Dario Loayza says:

    exelent, this has been a present for my birthday thanks you Im in all.

    carry on I LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU
    NEXT PLEASE

  • Jasmine says:

    I really liked this story. It is very interesting.

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Kayla and Kendra

    I’m just in the middle of a make-over of the site. Thanks for pointing out about the Comments link. I’ll put that in soon.

    Reasons for make-over. You will see that it’s much more contextual. So when you are say looking at stories about the chiX you will see their stories (not just the site’s latest stories) in the sidebar.

    I’m doing some work on it now. I chose Saturday because it’s the quietest time. It should be looking better by tomorrow. I’m just going through all the category descriptions and making them much shorter, and ironing out some bugs.

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    Bertie, what happen to the home page of Storynory and the comments? Did you do a makeover? Do you have a reason for this? If you do, please tell us why?

  • Natasha says:

    Thanks Himanshu
    thats wonderfuly kind of you
    it was great to do a play with another voice
    best wishes
    Natasha

  • himanshu says:

    this is best stories for children u guys are doing great job

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Suri, please just scroll down the page, the text is there.

  • Suri says:

    Can you post the text of story for download.

  • samantha says:

    i love this story. see you next time.

  • Bertie says:

    hi Tony yes we don’t make it too horrid at the end but we do say she calls for the fire and Aeneas sees their love going up in smoke etc and well done you are right about Hannibal

  • toni says:

    I read this story somewhere and it said that dido burned herself.
    also when she wants Carthage to destroy Rome isn’t that when Hannibal goes over the alps?

  • Dilly Tate says:

    Please Bertie ,when will we have some of the awaking beauty saga?

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Mike, I like that bit too “where the queen goes crazy and starts saying or doing some weird stuff ” Really Glad you enjoyed it. Dido and Aeneas is one of my favourites too . Thanks !

  • Gingerbread Girl says:

    Wow, this story is so wonderful!I love storynory!

  • mike says:

    i love this story!!!

  • mike says:

    i like this story because i like the part where the queen goes crazy and starts saying or doing some weird stuff so thats why i pretty much like this story. so guess what! this story this is the best story ever!!! hope you get more books about greek or anything like that got it? thank you for making this story. see you later storynory!!!

  • neil says:

    i loved it

  • Bertie says:

    Michelle can tell you that we have another awaking beauty story recorded. I’m glad you like them so much.

  • Michelle^^ says:

    Nice, but now i’m ,like, totally into the awaking beauty series. i really like this story, but i want a awaking beauty one!

  • Dilly Tate says:

    I really love this story. I once been to Rome, and it was oh….utterly great.But I really hate when they make the gladiaters fight! I wish there were some more of the ‘Awakiing Beauty’ saga.

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Kayla and Kendra, I think all the goddesses are more or less equally powerful, but in this case Juno does not win because Aeneas sails away to found Rome .. and that is what she did not want.

  • Kuong Do says:

    I have once been to Rome so I love all stories about this Great City.

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    So does it mean that she is the most powerful goddess?

  • Bertie says:

    Dear Kayla and Kendra – this is a new story for us by the way ! I’m glad you listened attentively and have so many good questions. Venus did protect her son though surely? She made Dido love him and look after him when he was shipwrecked – she also made him invisible for a while. Juno is the wife of Jupiter, and therefore pretty powerful, but not really the goddess of war. Why did Dido have spies on Aeneas? – it’s a hint that she was rather jealous and insecure.

  • Kayla and Kendra says:

    (Kayla) I can’t wait for a new story. Where was Veneus? She should be protecting her son from Juno. If Dido really loves Aeneas, why did she have spies to spy on him then? Juno is too, well,thirsty for revenge on the Troys. Is Juno the goddess of war or something?

  • teresa says:

    beautifully spoken. I was very glad to get to know this stry

  • RedBlackPenguin says:

    SECOND COMMENT!!!!!

    OH yeah!!

  • jack says:

    i love this story.

    1st comment !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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