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The Aeneid Hardcover – April 7, 2020
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- Publisher : Macmillan Collector's Library; Reissue edition (April 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529015014
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529015010
- Lexile measure : NP0L
- Item Weight : 6.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 3.94 x 0.72 x 6.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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Author of Virgil's Aeneid Retold for Young Adults
The story itself is the postscript to the Trojan War, a sort of Life After Troy follow-up. The Trojans have been driven from Asia and are seeking a new homeland that providence has told them awaits in Italy among the Latium. It's the Roman Empire's origin story - replete with demigods, he-man bravery, and Olympic favoritism. (Reading in the twenty-first century, you can't help but crack a smile, knowing that Aeneas' forbears would one day, centuries later, find themselves returned to Turkey and surrounded by hostile forces as the Roman Empire makes its final stand). THE AENEID doesn't stray too far from the Homeric formula: fate vs. choice, gluttonous feasts, lots of battle porn, and a smattering of hysterical women.
Reading THE AENEID, one can see its influence on later work. It calls to mind Shakespeare, Milton, and, yes, Dante. The beauty of the metaphors and the blockbuster pacing simply work. We're told reading Virgil is vital to understanding Western Literature. Robert Fitzgerald's translation shows us exactly why that is.
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I would advise that a person interested in history, literature or poetry does read this book. Wonderful verses, Virgil was succeful in beautifying Rome's propoganda.
high quality paperbacks as well, I have various versions of these translations,
travel with the small paperbacks right up to the hard copies for safe keeping.
Universtiy Library level works that will never get old, I am a student of the Classics.