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ISBN-13: 978-0872207325 ISBN-10: 0872207323 Edition: First Edition

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Adapting words of the ancient critic Longinus, [Lombardo] refers to the intense light of noon of the Iliad, the magical glow of the setting sun in the Odyssey, and the chiaroscuro of the Aeneid, a darkness visible. This latter phrase is the title of a famous interpretation of the Aeneid by W. R. Johnson, who contributes a splendid essay to the translation. Whether recited or read, the present volume stands as another fine performance on Lombardo's part. Summing up: Highly recommended. --C. Fantazzi, CHOICE



Lombardo . . . tends to let Virgil be Virgil, and so avoids imposing unwarranted interpretation on the unwary reader. . . . [W.R. Johnson's] introduction is masterful and illuminating. --Hayden Pelliccia, The New York Review of Books



Crisp, idiomatic, and precise, this is a translation for our era. The list of further reading, grounded in the writings of W.R. Johnson (who also wrote the Introduction) and Michael C. J. Putnam, suggests the context that informs the translation: here, as the translator says in the Preface, you will find an Aeneid that works more in the shadows than in the light. . . . This translation would be excellent for classroom use: not only would it incite fascinating discussions about issues of war and empire, but it also reads well aloud. . . . Together with Johnson's Introduction, this volume offers the Aeneid in terms that will resonate strongly with the general reader of today. --Sarah Spence, New England Classical Journal

About the Author

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas. His previous translations include Homer's Iliad (1997, Hackett) and Odyssey (2000, Hackett), Hesiod's Works & Days and Theogony (1993, Hackett), and Sappho, Poems and Fragments (2002, Hackett), a PEN Center USA 2003 Literary Award Finalist.

W. R. Johnson is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago. His previously published works include Darkness Visible: A Study of Vergil's Aeneid (1976, University of California Press), Horace and the Dialectic of Freedom (1993, Cornell University Press), The Idea of Lyric (1982, University of California Press), Lucretius and the Modern World (2000, Duckworth), and Momentary Monsters: Lucan and His Heroes (1987, Cornell University Press).

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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Library Binding: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.; First Edition edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872207323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872207325
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on August 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bow to no one in my love of Robert Fitzgerlad's translation of the Aeneid--the standard for the last 25 years. Stanley Lombardo's relavatory translations, however, nudges the older one aside. Lombardo has a history of actually performing the great poems of antiquity, not at fashionable coffeehouses but on sidewalks, plazas, parks, and other public areas to the accompaniment of drums or music. And let me tell you, these performances capture his audiences--including jaded college students who leave their hacky-sacks and stand mesmerized while the readings go on. This kind of percussive, driven performances carries over into the book form, and similarly to his translations of the Iliad and Odyssey, you feel like you're reading a WWII triller. That is not to say his translation is ugly or course, particularly in this most elegant of poems. No, he matches being relentless with being refined to create a story that actually matters--it is a gripping tale that covers the very social, political and moral issues we struggle with today. But the language is so immediate that you can't put it down.

The Aeneid's fortunes have waxed and waned over the centuries, and for a while it was in danger of being relegated to a second-year Latin grammar text. This translation transforms the work and win over a whole new generation of listeners.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Alexander on August 21, 2006
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Stanley Lombardo really catches the essence of Vergil. I have read parts of Vergil's Aeneid in the original Latin, and I agree with his substance. I have also read Lombardo's translations of Iliad and Odyssey, both excellent. The English is up to date, rhythmic and fluid.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By another reader on May 15, 2005
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W. R. Johnson's introduction alone makes this book a valuable contribution to Virgil studies. And Lombardo's translation, while sometimes more creative than faithful, is very readable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Kouroukis on October 3, 2008
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Stanley Lombardo does it again with characteristic flair with Virgil's Aeneid! He employs the same techniques and devices he used on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. (Seperating the text into paragraphs and sections, and italicizing Virgil's metaphors).

His translation is very faithful to the language and to the epic vision of Virgil's original but he makes it sound so modern that it could have easily been written in our own time!

I also like Jackson Knight's famous prose version and Sarah Ruden's new verse translation as my back ups. But Lombardo gives The Aeneid a peaceful breath and a spirited life I haven't seen anywhere else!

- Stanley Lombardo is always my reference when it comes to the great classics!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliet on February 9, 2015
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This is really the best translation there is out there. I know some people would disagree and write that the Fagels translation is the best, but it just isn't anymore. I used to love the Fagels translation. It was the one I went to. The Lombardo is really that much better. If nothing else it's worth looking at. I was skeptical at first when I was offered a copy and now I'm a convert.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2014
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This was a fabulous translation, all of Stanley Lombardo's translations are great, he does the Illiad and the Oddesey as well.
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By Dylan Quantz on March 31, 2015
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Great Translation of the Aeneid. This is one of my favorite translations I have seen of the Aeneid yet.
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