Aeneas' crew had the fortune of not having the same fate as some in odysseus' crew virgil also included an emaciated greek named achaemenides, who had sailed with odysseus but had been left behind the two heroes also make a katabasis into the underworld to retrieve information from. It is quite obvious in the epics of both aeneus and odysseus that the idea of fate and duty plays a huge role the difference we see in virgil's aeneid, aeneus is driven by the prophecy that he will leave a legacy that will go on to found the greatest and most powerful empire the world will ever know aeneus's journey is.
(virgil, book 4, line 391-392) with this aeneus leaves carthage driven by duty and obligation in homer's odyssey, the idea of fate is more significant than the idea and sense of duty odysseus's journey begins when poseidon learns that odysseus blinded his cyclops son, polyphemous while trying to.
Through a comparison of the hero aeneas to the hero odysseus, virgil shows that the romans are the superior culture as the end of this sentence shows, aeneas is willing to obey despite the fact that he knows he will be leaving “the sweet life behind”: leaving his lover, dido and the good and peaceful life he could have. Odysseus and aeneas are both royalty, odysseus being the king of ithaca and aeneas a trojan prince without the help of divine intervention though, neither hero would have met his destiny, though there were opposing gods who wanted to delay and provide hardship for the heroes along the journey.