The Aeneid, Book 1

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Bobbs-Merrill, 1975 - Poetry - 320 pages
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The Aeneid is Virgil's Masterpiece. His epic poem recounts the story of Rome's legendary origins from the ashes of Troy and proclaims her destiny of world dominion. This optimistic vision is accompanied by an undertow of sadness at the price that must be paid in human suffering to secure Rome's future greatness. The tension between the public voice of celebration and the tragic private voice is given full expression both in the doomed love of Dido and Aeneas, and in the fateful clash between the Trojan leader and the Italian hero, Turnus.

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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 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. Virgilżs 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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