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Troy has fallen to the Greeks and the people of Troy must find a new home. Aeneas, a prince of Troy, leads the survivors away from the fatal city in search of Italy, which the Gods have given to the Trojans. Many adventures befall the Trojans on their search for Italy: they land in Carthage and Aeneas makes love to Queen Dido (who kills herself with a sword after he leaves), they see the land of the Cyclops, they brave horrible storms, Aeneas loses his father, Aeneas travels over the river Styx into the afterlife to counsel with his father's shade, and, finally, Aeneas kills Turnus in hand to hand battle to seal the fate of the Romans as the future rulers of most of the known world. Interestingly, Aeneas was about to let Turnus live until he saw that Turnus still wore the belt of his good friend Pallas. With that, Aeneas dealt the kill shot and ended the war.
Written in verse with each two lines rhyming (many eye rhymes and some triple rhymes), it is amazing that John Dryden was able to wonderfully translate the Latin into English with such skill. The epic poem is a device not meant for the brute tongue of English, but flourishes in the efficient language of Latin. For this reason, no such writing is captured today. It is easy to see why The Aeneid has survived for so long. From being saved by Alexander the Great, to Caesar Augustus saving the poem from Virgil who asked in his dying breaths to have the poem burned, to Easton Press, this story is one that has given birth to so many other wonderful stories. One can see how the early authors like Virgil and Homer gave written language its start.
Although many of the names in the Latin War at the end were unknown to me, I still found the overall story thrilling and fun to read. Again, its amazing that a story so old still translates to modern day.