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by Virgil, Bernard Knox, Robert Fagles
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Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it 3 years ago
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...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
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...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
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...
nouveau
nouveau rated it 6 years ago
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...
janeg
janeg rated it 7 years ago
Too many names!
Edward
Edward rated it 8 years ago
IntroductionMap--The AeneidTranslator's PostscriptGenealogy: The Royal Houses of Greece and TroySuggestions for Further ReadingVariants from the Oxford Classical TextNotes on the TranslationPronouncing Glossary
Edward
Edward rated it 8 years ago
IntroductionMap--The AeneidTranslator's PostscriptGenealogy: The Royal Houses of Greece and TroySuggestions for Further ReadingVariants from the Oxford Classical TextNotes on the TranslationPronouncing Glossary
Sparrow
Sparrow rated it 8 years ago
I’m a huge fan of propaganda, but I think I may not be a fan of fan fic. I was going into this with the hope that it would be fun, extreme, Latin propaganda, but The Aeneid is really more Trojan War fan fic, IMO. It’s the Phantom Menace to The Iliad’s Empire Strikes Back. It is seriously lame. I...
Reading Adler's List
Reading Adler's List rated it 9 years ago
In the The Iliad, Aeneas is saved by the gods to continue the Trojan line after Troy’s fated fall to the Greeks. Virgil’s Aeneid is Aeneas' story from Troy to Italy where he fulfills his destined role as founder of what will become the Roman Empire. It’s a Homeric imitation though it is written a...
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it 10 years ago
What can I say that generations haven't said before me? Luckily, I had the aid and comfort of Sonia the Classics Prof to go with my reading. I read it and I listened to it and I read it again. I found the words singularly muscular and so absorbing that I often lost the thread of the text in my absor...
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