Long a master of the crafts of Homeric translation and of rhapsodic performance, Stanley Lombardo now turns to the quintessential epic of Roman antiquity, a work with deep roots in the Homeric tradition. With characteristic virtuosity, he delivers a rendering of the Aeneid as compelling as his... show more
Long a master of the crafts of Homeric translation and of rhapsodic performance, Stanley Lombardo now turns to the quintessential epic of Roman antiquity, a work with deep roots in the Homeric tradition. With characteristic virtuosity, he delivers a rendering of the Aeneid as compelling as his groundbreaking translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, yet one thatÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—like the Aeneid itselfÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â—conveys a unique epic sensibility and a haunting artistry all its own. W. R. JohnsonÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s Introduction makes an ideal companion to the translation, offering brilliant insight into the legend of Aeneas; the contrasting roles of the gods, fate, and fortune in Homeric versus Virgilian epic; the character of Aeneas as both wanderer and warrior; AeneasÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’ relationship to both his enemy Turnus and his lover Dido; the theme of doomed youths in the epic; and VirgilÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s relationship to the brutal history of Rome that he memorializes in his poem. A map, a Glossary of Names, a TranslatorÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s Preface, and Suggestions for Further Reading are also included.
Publish date: March 1st 2005
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company
Pages no: 355
Edition language: English
, Classic Literature
Virgil, you shameless shameless flatterer who clearly paid VERY close attention to Homer's writing (a bit TOO close, in some places). "The Aeneid", in its sadly incomplete form of only 12 books out of the 40 Virgil planned on writing, is very much a sandwich, dare I say even "fan fiction"-like, vers...
Here I am, sitting on my parents' couch back in Adelaide on a brisk Sunday morning after seeing my football team lose last night and now I am wondering what I am going to write about the Aeneid. There is certainly a lot that I want to write about this epic poem but I really don't know where to start...
Even from my first read, I thought the Aeneid was one of those classic works that read like an adventure novel. I teased my friend the Latin scholar that it’s Roman Imperialist propaganda, and it is. But as she replied, “Yeah, but by that era’s equivalent of Shakespeare.” And you know, after all, Ma...
the foundational epic of the Roman Empire is a pretty good adventure fable, although one really needs an annotated version to really get the full story. perhaps not quite as strong as Homer's Odyssey or Iliad, clearly the Aeneid does have its really flowing parts, and it is helpful to understand the...