The Aeneid

The Aeneid

Book - 2006
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From the award-winning translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey comes a brilliant new translation of Virgil's great epic

Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles' mighty foe in the Iliad , begins an incredible journey to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. His voyage will take him through stormy seas, entangle him in a tragic love affair, and lure him into the world of the dead itself--all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods. Ultimately, he reaches the promised land of Italy where, after bloody battles and with high hopes, he founds what will become the Roman empire. An unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid redefines passion, nobility, and courage for our times. Robert Fagles, whose acclaimed translations of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were welcomed as major publishing events, brings the Aeneid to a new generation of readers, retaining all of the gravitas and humanity of the original Latin as well as its powerful blend of poetry and myth. Featuring an illuminating introduction to Virgil's world by esteemed scholar Bernard Knox, this volume lends a vibrant new voice to one of the seminal literary achievements of the ancient world.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
ISBN: 9780670038039
Branch Call Number: 873.01 VIR
Characteristics: 486 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Fagles, Robert


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Jun 20, 2019

It seems a little reductive to "rate" one of the most important books in Western culture.

Feb 07, 2019

The most exciting drama of war and men ever-
Plus any would-be writer will gain much by noting the literary devices used brilliantly by Virgil.
The themes of loyalty, duty and heroism are examined in detail with beautiful writing- very movingly.
The shocking end!! I'm still thinking about the ramifications Virgil was saying about the Roman Empire.
What is lost when hate and vengeance blot out all other emotions?

The final line: " His life fled with a groan of outrage down to the shades below."

Apr 20, 2015

Never, ever, would I have thought that I would enjoy epic poetry so much. Once I had finished this version I did attempt to read another translation and didn’t fare so well, thus I attribute most of my enjoyment to the work of Robert Fagles. The translation makes to book apparently.

Having always enjoyed both Trojan and Roman history I have a basic knowledge of the names of the characters, including the gods and goddesses that are an important part of this tale. I’m sure it could be enjoyed without knowing these but it made it much easier to follow having that information already at hand.

I found myself very amused by the blatant Roman propaganda displayed in the verses. Every once in a while I had to wonder if the populace would really fall for this but I guess when you already believe your emperor is a god this couldn’t really have been much of a stretch.

This poem was well worth the time to read and I might even have to break my no re-reading rule sometime in the future.

Dec 03, 2014

Great translation, great story.

Aug 27, 2013

The lack of understanding of the feminine is a product of the Roman intellectual elite no longer studying the Aeneid and thus losing contact with the Greek and Trojan Goddess. As a priest today we have to remember we made the Gods to teach the people how to get in touch with various aspects of the Deity or Divine Intelligence no matter what planet or culture. Now to bring back compassion. MM

Aug 04, 2012

The Aeneid tells the story of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who escaped from Troy as it fell to the Greeks, led a group of Trojans to the Italian peninsula, and with them founded a city that would, centuries later, lead to the founding of Rome. Virgil, writing in Latin, adapted Homeric Greek epic to explore crucial issues facing Romans of his time. He uses the figure of Aeneas to explore a conception of heroism different than Homer's, and to explore the themes of civilization, violence, and humanitas, a word coined by the Romans of Virgil's time to capture the qualities most essential to being deeply human and humane. He also uses the epic to help his readers reflect on what it means to be Roman. Annotation by Professor Walter Englert.

May 01, 2012

Lombardo's translation is very readable in English. Roman version on Homeric hero poem. Enjoyable to read. The tough part is the introduction however the introduction is quite necessary for fully enjoying the story.

arcanebop Aug 13, 2011

Amazing translation. R.I.P. to the translator. And Virgil, of course :P


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