Like other figures from Greek and Roman mythology, Aeneas appears frequently in Western literature. In The Divine Comedy, written in the early . 1300S by Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Aeneas is shown in Limbo, a realm of the afterlife where virtuous pagans dwelt. In British mythology, Brutus, Britain's legendary first king, is considered the great-grandson of Aeneas. Generally, Aeneas represents duty and piety, but some authors have portrayed him less favorably. In his play Cymbeline, for example, William Shakespeare refers to the "false Aeneas" who abandoned Dido. Shakespeare also mentions Aeneas in his plays Troilus and Cressida and Julius Caesar.
In 2387, a Praxis-like emergency opportunity for cooperation arose as an expanding supernova threatened to engulf Romulus, allowing Spock to head a project to stem the nova's massively destructive advance. The use of red matter was intended to create a strategically placed black hole to thwart the nova, using a special one-man science vessel, but renegade miner Nero's Nerada vessel attacked him and caused both vessels to be lost in the singularity Spock created. The project also failed to save Romulus in time, although the anomlay's expansion was halted and numerous other worlds were preserved.