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[[Image:Nisos Euryalos Louvre LL450 n1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|alt=Statue of two naked warriors.|Nisus was killed in a night raid along with his good friend [[Euryalus]] during an attack on the enemy camp as described in the ''[[Aeneid]]''.]]
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'''Euryalus''' is a [[Troy|Trojan]] warrior in the ''[[Aeneid]]'' by [[Virgil]] who went on a night raid with his younger [[friendship|friend]] [[Nisus]]. Their raid was successful in killing many of the enemy soldiers, but at one point, [[moon|moonlight]] glanced off the helmet of his younger friend, allowing the enemy warriors to pinpoint his location in the darkness. When Nisus was surrounded, Euryalus in a brave attempt went back to try to rescue his beleaguered friend, but he too was surrounded and killed. The incident is in contrast to the successful raid in the ''[[Odyssey]]'' by [[Homer]] in which [[Odysseus]] or, in [[Ancient Rome|Roman]] terms [[Ulysses]], went on a night raid with a companion during the ''[[Iliad]]'' and both survived. When the mother of Euryalus learned of her son's death, she was overcome with [[grief]]. She was one of the few [[Trojan women]] to have made the passage from [[Sicily]]. One of the themes of the Aeneid is elderly grieving fathers and mothers who have lost their only son.  
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'''Euryalus''', in an episode of [[Virgil]]'s ''[[Aeneid]]'' was a [[Troy|Trojan]] warrior devoted to his older friend [[Nisus]]. At the time of the episode the main Trojan army was besieged by Rutulian forces, while [[Aeneas]] was absent on a mission to seek reinforcements.  Nisus, in his desire for glory, proposed to go alone by night through enemy lines to tell Aeneas of the situation, but Euryalus insisted on accompanying him.  They killed many of the sleeping besiegers in order to get through, but were surprised by a party of cavalry. They were encumbered by the booty they had taken, and Euryalus, betrayed by the moonlight on a plundered helmet, was surrounded. Nisus attempted to rescue him, but failed and was himself killed. When the mother of Euryalus learned of her son's death, she was overcome with grief. She was one of the few Trojan women to have made the passage from [[Sicily]]. One of the themes of the Aeneid is elderly grieving fathers and mothers who have lost their only son.  
  
 
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Euryalus, in an episode of Virgil's Aeneid was a Trojan warrior devoted to his older friend Nisus. At the time of the episode the main Trojan army was besieged by Rutulian forces, while Aeneas was absent on a mission to seek reinforcements. Nisus, in his desire for glory, proposed to go alone by night through enemy lines to tell Aeneas of the situation, but Euryalus insisted on accompanying him. They killed many of the sleeping besiegers in order to get through, but were surprised by a party of cavalry. They were encumbered by the booty they had taken, and Euryalus, betrayed by the moonlight on a plundered helmet, was surrounded. Nisus attempted to rescue him, but failed and was himself killed. When the mother of Euryalus learned of her son's death, she was overcome with grief. She was one of the few Trojan women to have made the passage from Sicily. One of the themes of the Aeneid is elderly grieving fathers and mothers who have lost their only son.

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