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Virgil, Volume II : Aeneid Books 7-12, Appendix Vergiliana (Loeb Classical Library, No 64) Hardcover – January 31, 1918

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At the time of his death G. P. Goold was William Lampson Professor Emeritus of Latin Language and Literature, Yale University, and Editor Emeritus of the Loeb Classical Library®.
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  • Series: Loeb Classical Library (Book 64)
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Revised edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674995864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674995864
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 28, 2005
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Roman society was enamoured of Greek culture -- many of the best 'Roman' things were Greek; the major gods were derivative of the Greek pantheon; philosophy, literature, science, political ideals, architecture -- all this was adopted from the Greeks. It makes sense that, at the point of their ascendancy in the world, they would long for an epic history similar to the Homeric legends; the Iliad and the Odyssey, written some 500 years after the actual events they depict, tell of the heroism of the Greeks in their battle against Troy (Ilium). The Aeneid, written by Vergil 700 years after Homer, at the commission of Augustus (himself in the process of consolidating his authority over Rome), turns the heroic victory of the much-admired Greeks on its head by postulating a survivor from Troy, Aeneas, who undergoes as journey akin to the Odyssey, even further afield.

Vergil constructs Aeneas, a very minor character in the Iliad, as the princely survivor and pilgrim from Troy, on a journey through the Mediterranean in search of a new home. According to Fitzgerald, who wrote a brief postscript to the poem, Vergil created a Homeric hero set in a Homeric age, purposefully following the Iliad and Odyssey as if they were formula, in the way that many a Hollywood director follows the formulaic pattern of past successful films. Vergil did not create the Trojan legend of Roman origins, but his poem solidified the notion in popular and scholarly sentiment.

Vergil sets the seeds for future animosity between Carthage and Rome in the Aeneid, too -- the curse of queen Dido on the descendants of Aeneas of never-ending strife played into then-recent recollections of war in the Roman mind.
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The sadly ignored second half of the Aeneid does not deserve its consignment to the dust-bin. I have always enjoyed the Loeb format (Latin on the left, English on the right) which allows one to read the Latin with or without the crutch, as one chooses. The Harvard University Press has done a lovely job as usual with Aeneas's Italian adventures. Textual notes are helpful, alternate readings and manuscript discrepancies being listed at the bottom of the page; the index of proper names is useful and exhaustive; and the Appendix Vergiliana is a delightful glimpse into the little-known world of mediocre Latin poetry. Everyone should have the pleasure -- nay, the privilege -- of reading the Aeneid in Latin once in his or her life, and the Loeb edition is an excellent text by which to do it.
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My daughter loves this compact style of this book.
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A good Loeb. That is to say, a relatively recent addition. Nothing's worse than trying to make your way through a translation more convoluted than the original.
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