Aeneas was washed of all mortal parts by the river god Numicus, and Venus anointed him with ambrosia and nectar, making him a deity. Aeneas was identified as Jupiter Indiges. He is the founder of Rome.
Juno's rage was directed at Aeneas because she detested the Trojans. She is the first goddess to intercede, convincing Aeolus, the wind god, to create a storm to destroy Aeneas' fleet when he was returning to Italy. When this failed, she went on to other methods, such as having Athena inflate his ships with her breath so that they would appear smaller than they were.
Aeneas had escaped from Troy with his people after the great war had ended, but not before making an agreement with Jupiter to settle in Italy. Juno agreed to let him go if he made her queen of heaven and earth. After he did so, she sent the storm gods to destroy his fleet as it approached Italy. However, Aeneas survived and made his way to Latium where he established a city that later became Rome. Juno took pity on him again and caused a plague to strike down many of the Italians so that Aeneas could not be attacked again. In response, Jupiter ordered Mercury to find Aeneas and take him to Mount Ida where he would be safe from harm.
Juno wanted to kill him, but Jupiter told her not to because he needed Aeneas to lead the people of Italy to freedom. So instead, she tried twice more to destroy him, once when she had Poseidon cause a flood to sweep Aeneas away or drown him.
When Juno sees the Trojans make sail for Italy, she orders Aeolus, the god of the winds, to create a storm that would capsize their ships and drown them all. Aeolus submits to her authority. Venus advises Aeneas to proceed to Dido's palace, assuring him that the lost ships and his allies are safe. When they arrive at Carthage, Aeneas finds an alliance with Rome has been agreed upon by Dido. She offers him her kingdom and agrees to marry him.
Aeolus promises to give Juno a golden apple if she can prevent Aeneas from reaching Italy. But when Juno stops the wind, Aeolus instead gives her a pearl as reward. Enraged, she sends storms against Carthage but Aeneas escapes with Venus' help. They settle in Latium where Aeneas founds Rome. Later, Augustus makes peace with Carthage and the temple of Juno Moneta is built in her honor on the Capitoline Hill.
In art, Juno is often shown wearing a crown and carrying a scepter. She may also carry a thunderbolt or scale shield. Her husband Jupiter has already married Metis so this marriage is not legal. However, Juno agrees to join him in order to save Greece from destruction at the hands of Aeneas' army.
Juno's role as queen of heaven made some scholars speculate that she was actually a form of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt.
In Greek mythology, Aeneas was a Trojan hero who was the son of the ruler Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite. He is referenced more frequently in Roman mythology, and is regarded as an ancestor of Rome's founders, Remus and Romulus. Aeneas is also mentioned by name in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah.
According to the traditional account, after the fall of Troy, Aeneas fled from the battlefield with his father and found refuge at Lavinium, where he married the princess Ilusia. They had two sons, Ascanius (Ashkenaz) and Caenis. In order to find a new home for his family, Aeneas set out for Italy, where he established a city that would one day become Rome. All this took place around 700 B.C.
However, the traditional account of Aeneas' life has been criticized for being full of inconsistencies. For example, according to some historians, Lavinium was not located in Latium but rather in Campania. Also, some believe that Aeneas did not flee from Troy with his father but rather waited at home for him. Finally, others argue that Aeneas did not marry Ilusia but rather her sister Creusa. Despite these criticisms, the traditional story of Aeneas' life has inspired artists and writers throughout history, most notably Virgil in the first century A.D.