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Dosso Dossi. Aeneas and Achates, 1520

In the Aeneid, Achates ("good, faithful Achates", fidus Achates as he was called) was a close friend of Aeneas;[1] his name became a by-word for an intimate companion. He accompanied Aeneas throughout his adventures, reaching Carthage with him in disguise when the pair were scouting the area, and leading him to the Sibyl of Cumae. Virgil represents him as remarkable for his fidelity, and a perennial type of that virtue. However, despite being Aeneas's most important Trojan, he is notable for his lack of character development. In fact, he has only four spoken lines in the entire epic. Aeneas, surrounded by only a shadowy cast of allies, is thus emphasised as the lone protagonist and at the same time cut off from help on his quest.[2]

Appears in Aeneid, Book I, line(s) 120, 174, 188, 312, 459, 513, 579, 581, 644, and 656, Book III, line 523, Book VI, lines 34 and 158, Book VIII, 466, 521, and 586, Book X, 332 and 344, and Book XII, 384 and 459.[3]


  1. ^ Ovid. Fasti 3.603. Translated by Frazer, James George. Loeb Classical Library Volume. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1931.
  2. ^ R. Deryck Williams, Aeneas and the Roman Hero
  3. ^ Virgil, The Aeneid