The Aeneid

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Vintage Books, 1983 - Fiction - 442 pages
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Virgil's great epic transforms the Homeric tradition into a triumphal statement of the Roman civilizing mission. Translated by Robert Fitzgerald.

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This translation is easy to read and lots of fun. - Goodreads
The prose was horrible! - Goodreads
A happy ending for the Trojans. - Goodreads
Good story, but can be hard to read. - Goodreads
Excellent prose and a good story. - Goodreads
Virgil's imagery is some of the best. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Heather Larcombe - Goodreads

Twelve books of war and god-driven disaster. By the end I didn't even care who was going to win (spoiler: the title hero, duh). But some very good moments of metaphor and word play, so worth the time regardless. Read full review

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User Review  - Elsa - Goodreads

Listened to this book during our daily commute. It is well written and poetic, though on occasions was hard for my mind not to wonder around. War descriptions are gruesome and may not be appropriate for young children. I decided to use headphones at the end, especially during the last books. Read full review


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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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