Who was Dido of Carthage?
Dido is a semi mythical figure of classical history who supposedly founded the city of Carthage in the 10th century BC after fleeing from her abuse husband in Phoenicia. There is widespread debate as to whether Dido actually existed or not, with some scholars claiming her to be a traditional goddess who was gradually changed into a mythical queen over time and others claiming that historical and archaeological evidence from the time proves her existence. It is difficult to say exactly how much of this is true, but in Roman mythology she is most well known for establishing the city of Carthage and then falling in love with Aeneas, the mythological founder of Rome. This story was used by countless different Roman poets and historians, but even at the time was seen as a relatively unrealistic and fabricated event. She supposedly committed suicide after Aeneas left her to travel to Italy, but again this is likely a later invention.