The Aeneid

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1992 - Poetry - 483 pages
79 Reviews
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

In dramatic and narrative power, VirgilísAeneidis the equal of its great Homeric predecessors,The IliadandThe Odyssey. It surpasses them, however, in the intense sympathy it displays for its human actorsĖa sympathy that makes events such as Aeneasís escape from Troy and search for a new homeland, the passion and the death of Dido, the defeat of Turnus, and the founding of Rome among the most memorable in literature.

This celebrated translation by Robert Fitzgerald does full justice to the speed, clarity, and stately grandeur of the Roman Empireís most magnificent literary work of art.

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And a ripping good yarn. - Goodreads
With it's never-ending war theme. - Goodreads
... i'm not so into the boring battle scenes, yay. - Goodreads
This is marked clearly in the final battle scenes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - hbergander - LibraryThing

Treating Vergilís life, our teacher was delighted in his way of working. The poet was said to write a few verses in the morning, which he revised in the afternoon and finally slashed to nearly nothing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vickii - Goodreads

The Aeneid consists of twelve books following Aeneas, a Trojan commander, and what remains of the free people of Troy after its final destruction. Destined by the gods to settle in Italy and become ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

Virgil (70 B.C-19 B.C) is regarded as the greatest Roman poet, known for his epic, The Aeneid (written about 29 B.C. unfinished). Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C., in a small village near Mantua in Northern Italy. He attended school at Cremona and Milan, and then went to Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric, and completed his studies in Naples. Between 42 and 37 B.C. Virgil composed pastoral poems known as Ecologues, and spent years on the Georgics.At the urging of Augustus Caesar, Virgil began to write The Aeneid, a poem of the glory of Rome under Caesars rule. Virgil devoted the remaining time of his life, from 30 to 19 B.C., to the composition of The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome and to glory of the Empire. The poet died in 19 B.C of a fever he contracted on his visit to Greece with the Emperor. It is said that the poet had instructed his executor Varius to destroy The Aeneid, but Augustus ordered Varius to ignore this request, and the poem was published.

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