The king of the Rutulians, an Italian nation located about 20 miles from the eventual Rome, and Aeneas's main mortal enemy. He hoped to marry Lavinia, daughter of Latinus, and become king of the Latins. Juno, via the fury Allecto, enchants Turnus so that he'll fight Aeneas instead of accepting fate. He becomes the leader in the battle of Latins against Trojans. Despite all this, he's not extremely villainous, his main fault being his anger. He's a brave, powerful warrior. Often, his seeming cowardice is due to the attempts of Juno or his sister Juturna to save his life.
Turnus Quotes in The Aeneid
The The Aeneid quotes below are all either spoken by Turnus or refer to Turnus. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Aeneid published in 2006.).
Book 10 Quotes
Book 12 Quotes
Go no further down the road of hatred.
Turnus Character Timeline in The Aeneid
The timeline below shows where the character Turnus appears in The Aeneid. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Rome). King Latinus is seeking a suitable husband (and future heir) for his daughter Lavinia. Turnus, king of the Rutulians, seems most likely, but fate has delayed the marriage. Latinus sees... (full context)
...snakes at Amata, poisoning her against Aeneas and making her angry that Lavinia won't marry Turnus. Amata tries to convince Latinus to cancel the marriage to Aeneas, to no avail. She... (full context)
...the Latins to enter. They manage to kill some of the onrushing Latins, but then Turnus enters and kills many Trojans, including Bitias. Mars strengthens the Latins. Pandarus closes the gate,... (full context)
...encourages his friends, telling them to remember Aeneas and Troy. The Trojans manage to stop Turnus's progress. Jove sends Iris down to tell Turnus to leave, because Juno can't disobey Jove... (full context)
...orders and what has caused the war. Venus responds first, describing the Trojans' great suffering, Turnus's pride, Allecto's troublemaking, and more. She begs Jove at least to save Ascanius, saying he... (full context)
...Tuscan troops arrive at the battle in the morning, and Aeneas's Vulcan-made shield shines impressively. Turnus rallies his men to fight on the beach with the famous line: "Fortune speeds the... (full context)
...are unchangeable, but human bravery brings lasting glory. Pallas throws his spear but barely nicks Turnus. Turnus tauntingly says that he might be able to do better than that, then throws... (full context)
...is unknown, since no one ever wanted to boast of having hit Aeneas. Seeing this, Turnus regains hope and kills many men. Achates and Ascanius, along with Mnestheus, another Trojan, bring... (full context)
...the battle demoralizes the Latins and the Trojans kill many enemies. Juturna sees Aeneas stalking Turnus. She pushes Metiscus, Turnus's chariot-driver, out of his seat, taking the reigns and using her... (full context)