The daimon Kharon Charon ferried the souls of the dead across its dark waters in his skiff.
Aeneas prays to Apollo for help in his endeavors to find a new homeland for his people. They will fight a bloody war, and Juno will continue to oppose them.
Aeneas tells the sibyl that he is accustomed to trouble and has already foreseen that many more difficulties lie ahead. Wanting to descend to the underworld in order to visit the spirit of his father, he begs her for help in going there.
The sibyl tells Aeneas that he must find and pluck a golden bough from a tree in an adjacent forest. The bough will allow him to enter the underworld.
First, however, he must find and bury the body of a dead comrade. Returning to the beach, Aeneas discovers that the dead man whom the sibyl mentioned is the trumpeter Misenus, who was drowned by the sea god Triton for daring to challenge him in a trumpeting contest. While hacking pine trees to construct a proper funeral pyre for Misenus, Aeneas sees twin doves, which he instinctively knows were sent by his mother, Venus.
Afterward, he and his companions give their fallen comrade the due rites of cremation and burial. Here, Aeneas beholds Charon, the ancient boatman who ferries spirits of the dead across the river, and he observes that the bank on which he stands is suddenly crowded with other spirits, all anxious to cross the river.
The sibyl informs him that some of these spirits must wait a hundred years for passage over the river, or until their bodies on earth are buried.
Among these, Aeneas encounters Palinurus, who begs to be allowed to cross over with him. In time, a tomb will be built for him, and a cape of land will be named in his honor. Disembarking on the other shore, Aeneas and the sibyl find themselves among the wailing souls of dead infants; then, as they proceed, among the spirits of those who were executed for crimes they did not commit; and then among the suicides.
They come at last to the Fields of Mourning, the home of those who died of love. Here, Aeneas meets the ghost of Dido. Knowing now that Dido killed herself because he abandoned her, he tries to justify himself to her, saying that he left her unwillingly.
Looking back, Aeneas glimpses Tartarus, the prison of the Titans, whom the gods defeated, and of those who tried to rival Jupiter. Escorted by the soul of the poet Musaeus, they find Anchises deep in a lush green valley, surveying the spirits of his future Roman descendants.
After an exchange of emotional greetings with his father, Aeneas asks about a river that he sees in the distance and about the souls that hover "as bees" over it. Anchises tells him that the river is named Lethe, the river of forgetfulness, and that the spirits filling the air formerly lived on earth in human bodies; having lost all memory of their former existence after drinking the water of Lethe, these souls are awaiting their turn to be born again in new bodies, with new identities that have already been assigned to them.
The pageant ends on a note of mourning: Passing through the second gate, Aeneas and the sibyl return to the world of the living. The essential philosophical message of Book VI is that the soul, contaminated by its association with the body during mortal life, undergoes purgation after death.Warning: As you click on the links below, you are leaving the Cobb County/Garrison Mill Website.
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