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The goddess Juno in the Aeneid disguised herself as the old woman named Beroe to have the devious purpose of persuading the Trojan women to burn the ships of Aeneas and the Trojans to prevent them from leaving Sicily.

Beroe is a fictional character in the epic poem The Aeneid who is an old woman. But she's really a transformation of the Greek goddess Juno who wanted to thwart the mission of the Trojan warriors in their effort to reach Italy and build the then-future city of Rome. Beroe incites the Trojan women to burn the ships; while the son of Aeneas named Ascanius tries to prevent this from happening, he fails, but the king of the gods Jupiter causes it to rain which spares the ships off the coast of Sicily.

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