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(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.
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(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).

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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


kills herself when Aeneas abandons her. [Rom. Myth.: Avery, 392–393; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
See: Suicide
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(1) (Personal Cell) An impending cellular transmission technology from Artemis Networks LLC, San Francisco, CA (www.artemis.com) that creates an independent 4G LTE channel for each user. Formerly called Distributed Input Distributed Output (DIDO), pCell implementation is compatible with standard LTE phones and tablets, and people can move between standard LTE cells and pCells. When in pCells, all users can obtain uninterrupted HD video streamed to their devices with five-bar signal strength.

Use the Interference
Employing software-defined radio (SDR) and Artemis-designed pWave transmitters, pCells exploit interference rather than trying to eliminate it. Radio signals are combined in real time to create a centimeter-sized cell for each mobile device. See software-defined radio and 4G.

(2) (PCell) (Parameterized CELL) A pre-designed circuit that is customized for each purpose when it is used.

(3) (P-Cell) (Parameterized CELL) A Korean cellular technology that divides a geographic area into a matrix for location detection.
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Virgil's account of Dido in the first four books of the Aeneid was employed by Shakespeare as a prototype for visual diminution because in that story, Aeneas is imagined sailing far away from her, and, after her suicide by the sword, looking back upon her funeral pyre.
How often have I tempted Suffolk's tongue, The agent of thy foul inconstancy, To sit and witch me, as Ascanius did, When he to madding Dido would unfold His father's acts commenced in burning Troy.
It did not escape Marlowe and Shakespeare that the letters in the name Dido, which appeared on the queen of diamonds, were also contained in the word diamond, or that her marital status was described by the word widow, whose sound resonated with--and whose spelling contained the letters of--her name of Dido.
(9) Edgeworth 1976:132 believes that the accusations Dido levels against Aeneas, as well as her method of suicide (stabbing herself, then mounting the pyre) may reflect the suicide of Has trubal's wife after his surrender to Scipio.
(10) Dido, Queene of Carthage 1.1 stage directions.
(15) Virgil has made it perfectly plain that Dido, by calling the relationship a marriage, is delusional (Quinn 1965:20).
Written amid England's incipient ventures in exploring and initiating trade with Northern African countries, Dido, Queen of Carthage reflects the relative successes and failures of English adventurers such as Martin Frobisher, who searched for quick and easy sea passages to exploitable lands.
In fact, Dido, Queen of Carthage offers a surprisingly balanced, unprejudiced attitude toward Africa and an understanding of and empathy for Dido's complex subject position as a Phoenician female ruler of an African city-state.