Aeneid: Unexpected Journey Part II
In Carthage, the goddess had hoped that its ruler and its kingdom would turn against these strangers, or at least divert Aeneas from fulfilling his destiny in Italy. But this kingdom was ruled by a great queen named Dido.
When the final preparation was made, Dido had given up. Dido became inconsolable and quite mad over Aeneas abandoning her. Dido asked Anna to order a preparation should be made to sacrifice to Pluto, all the possessions that belonged to Aeneas, such as his sword and clothing, would be burned in the pyre. Dido told her sister it was the only way that she could forget the traitorous Trojan. Anna didn't realize her sister's true intention.
Upon Dido’s lifeless body; Anna realized the true purpose of the funeral purpose. Rather than wait, Anna had her sister placed upon the funeral pyre and set alight. Anna uttered a curse that would forever pit Carthage against Rome, an enmity that would culminate in the Punic Wars. Aeneas did see the black smoke from a distant, but did not know it was from the fire of Dido's funeral pyre.