Doomed Lover of Ancient Myth
Really enjoyed reading this... and now thinking about it, I finally realize the beauty and life that was Dido's.
I've been voraciously consuming various books on women that feature before, during, and after the Trojan war so this is quite timely for me (one of the stories feature Creusa and her last thoughts as she searches smoke-filled Troy for her child and husband).
Additionally, I just found a version of Radiohead's Weird Fishes by Rodrigo y Gabriela in Spanish guitar style that's fabulous for all you Radiohead lovers.
Wonderful essay. Dido is a sympathetic character that did not deserve the fate the gods had ordained for her.
"It was a jazz orchestra performing the music of Radiohead."
Wait! What? That sounds awesome! LOL
Thank you for this excellent elucidation. of who Dido was. I have a question for Mary Naples: You write "most scholars agree that Dido, Queen of Carthage (modern day Tunisia), was modeled on the jezebel and much-admonished Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra. Are you aware that a new Netflix series "Queen Cleopatra" is portraying her as black woman? From my reading of history it is clearly not true. Cleopatra was a Ptolemy of Greek descent and there was nothing black about her. Would you care to explain how this obviously fabricated version of history got past historians and critics? Blatantly inventing history is a dangerous thing.