He dreamed a dream in time gone by…

Yet again we find ourselves stuck in another dream sequence.  Thankfully there are no talking birds or crying knights in this one!  I am so grateful to read Chaucer’s retelling of the Aeneid.  What a classic tale of war, struggle, hope, scorned lovers, and most importantly those meddling gods!

As someone born under the sign of the Scales, I must admit that I personally cheer for any team which Venus has chosen to champion.  And unlike some of these characters looking to books to learn about love through word, as a disciple of Venus I know more about the deed than the word!  Juno would have us learn through the word and through marriage, but I am with the Wife of Bath when I say “Fy!”  Experience in the subtleties of the ars amatoria will get a man much further than a dusty pamphlet or parchment.   Take Nicholas for example (although minus the burnt arse): he was learned in both books and erotic arts and he was able to seduce the lovely Alisoun right out from under the nose of John.  True he was bested by Absalon but he who doesn’t take a risk with love really isn’t living I say.

And then there’s Aeneas and Dido.  Poor Dido, really I feel for her.  If she really thought he was going to come back for her, shouldn’t she have at least read the augures?  But what of her oracle?  I always check my charts and planets before making a major decision such as building a pyre and stabbing myself.  Who knows maybe there was another lonesome Trojan man on his way home looking for a conquest of epic proportions in Carthage…


1 thought on “He dreamed a dream in time gone by…

  1. Those Greeks can be so dramatic. Dido stabbing herself when Aeneas leaves her is over the top, but makes for a good tragedy. A woman scorned, how would she rise back up to being a powerful Queen? what example and precedent does that set? If Aeneas thinks he can leave the Queen of Carthage and he gets away with it, why would any other man not do the same? Tragic and dramatic. Even if she checked with an oracle, it does not mean she could fight her fate… look at poor Oedipus, did everything he could to fight his destiny…. no matter what, the Gods of the Greeks will get their way.

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