In Virgil’s tale on Eros, understood as passionate love, is reflected in the story of Dido and Aeneas. Dido is the queen of Carthage city, where Aeneas comes as a stranger and is received and accepted by Dido, allowing him to live in her city. Virgil clearly identifies the passionate link between Aeneas and Dido, by observing and describing Aeneas’s adventures in Carthage, wanting to build a new city in Italy. Dido falls in love with Aeneas during a warm when the storm throws both to a distant cave. The two presumably have sex in the cave, but Virgil makes a point that the sexual pleasure received by Dido from Aeneas has been taken by her as an indication of marriage with Aeneas. The female psyche, speaking of Dido, is more inclined toward a purer and eternal love, which is sought from Aeneas. Aeneas on the other hand meant his Eros or love with Dido was incidental.
Even though he loved her, he had other responsibilities of building a city in Italy and winning wars against enemies. Juno tries to send messengers to Aeneas when he is to be informed about Dido’s condition and her demand for marriage. Aeneas is asked to fulfil the prophecy which he supposedly knew and that is why he is not acting as per free will, but under the influence of power. Dido is projected to be so madly in love with Aeneas that she catches the running Aeneas and asks to fulfil the prophecy, to which Aeneas describes the future which he prophesised (“The Myth of Psyche and Eros”). The female psyche is in such a state of rejecting all external powers and influence, even prophecy, when Eros is concerned. Dido is submerged in Eros for the fleeing Aeneas, but could not resist his fleeing after fulfilling the prophecy, indicating that fate would have any women die if it dares enter into the territory of Eros.