The Aeneid

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/30/1956
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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"Written by the Roman poet Virgil more than two thousand years ago, the story of Aeneas' seven-year journey from the ruins of Troy to Italy, where he becomes the founding ancestor of Rome, is a narrative on an epic scale: Aeneas and his companions contend not only with human enemies but with the whim of the gods. His destiny preordained by Jupiter, Aeneas is nevertheless assailed by dangers invoked by the goddess Juno, and by the torments of love, loyalty, and despair. Virgil's supreme achievement is not only to reveal Rome's imperial future for his patron Augustus, but to invest it with both passion and suffering for all those caught up in the fates of others." "Frederick Ahl's new translation captures the excitement, poetic energy, and intellectual force of the original in a way that has never been done before. Echoing the Virgilian hexameter the verse stays almost line for line with the original in an accurate style."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9(2)
Introduction 11(16)
The Trojans reach Carthage
Aeneas' Narration -- The Sack of Troy
Aeneas' Narration continued -- His Travels
The Tragedy of Dido
The Funeral Games
The Visit to the Underworld
War in Latium
The Site of the Future Rome
Siege of the Trojan Camp
The Relief and Pitched Battle
Councils of War: Pitched Battle Again
Decision: the Death of Turnus
List of Variations from the Oxford Text 339(4)
Glossary of Names 343(19)
Select Bibliography 362(1)
Maps 363(3)
Genealogical Table of the Royal Houses of Troy and Greece 366

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