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Dido

(dī`dō), in Roman mythology, queen of Carthage, also called Elissa. She was the daughter of a king of Tyre. After her brother Pygmalion murdered her husband, she fled to Libya, where she founded and ruled Carthage. According to one legend, Dido threw herself on a burning pyre to escape marriage to the king of Libya. In the Aeneid, Vergil tells how she fell in love with AeneasAeneas
, in Greek mythology, a Trojan, son of Anchises and Aphrodite. After the fall of Troy he escaped, bearing his aged father on his back. He stayed at Carthage with Queen Dido, then went to Italy, where his descendants founded Rome.
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, who had been shipwrecked at Carthage, and destroyed herself on the pyre when, at Jupiter's command, he left to continue his journey to Italy.

Dido

 

(also Elissa), in ancient mythology the sister of the king of Tyre (in Phoenicia). Founder of Carthage.

According to the Roman version of the myth as treated in Book IV of Vergil’s Aeneid, Dido fell in love with Aeneas, who was cast upon the shores of Carthage by a storm. After his departure she committed suicide. The figure of the lovesick and abandoned Dido has enjoyed great popularity through the centuries in literature, opera (H. Purcell, J. Haydn, and others), and painting (A. Mantegna, P. Rubens, S. Bourdon, H. Fiiger, and others).

Dido

contracts for as much land as can be enclosed by an oxhide; by cutting it into a strip she obtains enough to found a city. [Rom. Legend: Collier’s VI, 259]
See: Cunning

Dido

kills herself when Aeneas abandons her. [Rom. Myth.: Avery, 392–393; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
See: Suicide
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Hill adds: "I believe that, as Dido is based in London and travels home to Weston-super-Mare at weekends, she was looking for somewhere between the two, and we're just off the M40.
The pile of wood on which Marlowe's Barabas imagines sacrificing his daughter evokes the pyre that the wealthy and beautiful Dido uses for her suicide when she is abandoned by Aeneas in book 4 of the Aeneid.
Bereniece Jones, who sang a regal Dido, had a strong vibrato in her lower and middle registers, especially as each note faded, but her voice opened to a lustrous sound in her upper range.
Through sexy whispers and strained falsetto, Dido displays a voice that could easily lure an unsuspecting lover into bed (but, in turn, make it hard to get him out).
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It should also be mentioned that Marlowe's play was premiered by a children's company, (2) and the notion of a little boy Dido pleading with a little boy Aeneas, (3) on top of Marlowe's comic script must have made for hilarious viewing.
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British chanteuse Dido, who performed before a packed Wiltern audience Tuesday, purveys a shrewd brand of Euro dream-pop that effectively combines sharply crafted synth and strummed guitars with a yearning voice that reaches places similar pop singers don't manage - such as the top of the world's charts.