I found it interesting how so many of the events that we have read in the story seem to tie in with actual wars and events in Roman history. For example, Aeneas escapes Troy and flees to Italy in order to escape the Trojan War. The night Aeneas leaves is the night the Greeks sneak in with the Trojan Horse. On his way to Italy, Aeneas and his crew are forced to stop in Carthage due to a storm over sea. There, Aeneas and the queen Dido of Carthage fall in love. The gods come and tell Aeneas to get back on track on his mission to establish a city in italy. Aeneas ends up leaving Carthage and Dido behind which angers her. She curses him as she kills herself hoping that his city will be destroyed. Later, a war called the Punic Wars if fought where Carthage and Rome fight. There are several references to wars which tie into the plot of the epic poem.