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Wikipedia, August 18, 2014 (In Greco-Roman mythology, Aeneas (Greek: Αἰνείας = Aineias) was a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). His father was the second cousin of King Priam of Troy, making Aeneas Priam's second cousin, once removed. He is a character in Greek mythology and is mentioned in Homer's Iliad, and receives full treatment in Roman mythology as the legendary founder of what would become Ancient Rome, most extensively in Virgil's Aeneid.) Aragonese page (Eneas) Belarusian page (Эней = Ėneĭ) Bulgarian page (Еней = Eneĭ) Bosnian page (Eneja) Catalan page (Enees) Czech page (Aineiás) Danish page (Æneas) Estonian page (Aineias) Greek page (Αινείας = Aineias) Esperanto page (Eneo) French page (Énée) Irish page (Aeinéas) Italian page (Enea) Latvian page (Enejs) Lithuanian page (Enėjas) Hungarian page (Aineiasz) Japanese page (アイネイアース = Aineiāsu) Polish page (Eneasz; Ajnejas) Portuguese page (Eneias) Russian page (Эней = Ėneĭ) Serbian page (Енеја = Eneja) Turkish page (Aeneis) Ukrainian page (Еней = Eneĭ) Chinese page (埃涅阿斯 = Ainieasi)
Britannica Micro. (Aeneas, legendary hero of Troy and founder of Rome, son of the goddess Aphrodite and the Trojan Anchises... . Virgil...gave the various strands of the Aeneas legend the form they have retained since his time.)
Britannica online, August 18, 2014 (Aeneas, mythical hero of Troy and Rome, son of the goddess Aphrodite and Anchises. Aeneas was a member of the royal line at Troy and cousin of Hector. He played a prominent part in the war to defend his city against the Greeks, being second only to Hector in ability. Homer implies that Aeneas did not like his subordinate position, and from that suggestion arose a later tradition that Aeneas helped to betray Troy to the Greeks. The more common version, however, made Aeneas the leader of the Trojan survivors after Troy was taken by the Greeks. In any case, Aeneas survived the war, and his figure was thus available to compilers of Roman myth. The association of Homeric heroes with Italy and Sicily goes back to the 8th century bc, and the Greek colonies founded there in that and the next century frequently claimed descent from leaders in the Trojan War. Legend connected Aeneas, too, with certain places and families, especially in Latium. As Rome expanded over Italy and the Mediterranean, its patriotic writers began to construct a mythical tradition that would at once dignify their land with antiquity and satisfy a latent dislike of Greek cultural superiority. The fact that Aeneas, as a Trojan, represented an enemy of the Greeks and that tradition left him free after the war made him peculiarly fit for the part assigned him, i.e., the founding of Roman greatness.)
Dictionary of classical antiquities, 1956 (Ænēās. Son of Anchīses and Aphrodītē. Born on the mountains of Ida; the story of his emigrating, freely or under compulsion from the Greeks, and founding a new kingdome beyond seas, is clearly of post-Homeric date. In the earlier legend he is represented as settling not very far from home; then they extended his wanderings to match those of Odysseus, always pushing the limit of his voyagings farther and farther west. ... Later, in face of the fast rising power of Rome, the Greeks conceived the notion that Ænēas must have settled in Latium and become the ancestor of the Romans. This had become a settled conviction in their minds by the beginning of the 3rd century B.C., when Timæus, in the Roman interest, completed the Legend of Æneas, making room in it for Latian and Roman traditions; and at Rome it was soon taken up and developed into a dogma of the state religion, representing the antagonism between Greece and Rome, the new Troy.)
The Oxford classical dictionary, 1996 (Aeneas, character in literature and mythology, son of Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. In the Iliad he is a prominent Trojan leader, belonging to the younger branch of the royal house ... The departure of Aeneas from Troy is widely recorded ... The further story of Aeneas' voyage to Italy may have existed as early as the 6th or 5th cent. BC, but seems well established by the 3rd cent. ... As Rome confronted a Greek-speaking Mediterranean world in the 3rd cent. BC, it found it politically and culturally useful to claim as its founder Aeneas, famous through his appearance in Homer but also an enemy of the Greeks.)