The same god with different names (Hephaestus in Greek and Vulcan in Rome) forged the shields of the two heroes.
A second similarity, which follows the Homeric model, is the reason for the forging of the shields. The shield is made to assist Achilles kill Hektor. Likewise, the shield is made to assist Aeneas kill Turnus. Indeed Venus says, "Here are the gifts I promised, ...so that you need not hesitate to challenge Arrogant Laurentines of Savage TurnusaE in the Aeneid (Aen. 8: 828-831).
The moment that details about the shields are discussed, major differences of the scene are illustrated. Through these differences, Virgil attempt to surpass the Iliad and express Roman values at the same time. The time shown in the two shields is one of the first noticeable differences. "He made the earth upon it, and the sky, and the sea's water, and the tireless sun, and the moon waxing into her fullness.aE (Il. 18: 483-484). The shield of Achilles seems to be nothing less than a microcosm of the world, since the first descriptions are of the earth, sun, sky, and sea. The poem then goes on to illustrate two cities that echo two groups of people (Trojans and Achaeans). In real life, these two groups are locked in a terri