The Aeneid

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Vintage Books, 1984 - Aeneas (Legendary character) - 442 pages
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User Review  - Andrew Diamond - Goodreads

I studied Latin and Greek in high school, and I never had any interest in reading this. My impression of the Roman myths was that they were just a second-rate rehashing of the Greek originals. So I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Coughenour - Goodreads

I've put off reading the Aeneid my whole life – ever since I read the first few books in high school Latin class, after finishing Caesar's Gallic War. I've had the august Fitzgerald translation ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK I
4
BOOK II
34
BOOK IV
93
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About the author (1984)

Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C.E., in Northern Italy in a small village near Mantua. He attended school at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), then went to Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric, and finally completed his studies in Naples. He entered literary circles as an "Alexandrian," the name given to a group of poets who sought inspiration in the sophisticated work of third-century Greek poets, also known as Alexandrians. In 49 BC Virgil became a Roman citizen. After his studies in Rome, Vergil is believed to have lived with his father for about 10 years, engaged in farm work, study, and writing poetry. After the battle of Philippi in 42 B.C.E. Virgil┐s property in Cisalpine Gaul, was confiscated for veterans. In the following years Virgil spent most of his time in Campania and Sicily, but he also had a house in Rome. During the reign of emperor Augustus, Virgil became a member of his court circle and was advanced by a minister, Maecenas, patron of the arts and close friend to the poet Horace. He gave Virgil a house near Naples. Between 42 and 37 B.C.E. Virgil composed pastoral poems known as Bucolic or Eclogues and spent years on the Georgics. The rest of his life, from 30 to 19 B.C., Virgil devoted to The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome, and the glory of the Empire. Although ambitious, Virgil was never really happy about the task. Virgil died in 19 B. C.

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