This is a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Virgil's sweeping epic, starring Ralph Fiennes as Aeneas and Derek Jacobi as the Narrator. One of the classics of all time, The Aeneid was Virgil's last and greatest work. In it, he recounts in vivid imagery the legendary origin of the Roman Empire.
The story begins after the Greeks have destroyed the city of Troy. The Trojan Prince Aeneas, defeated and depressed, leads his remaining citizens to a new land and a new destiny foretold by the Gods. The journey to the west coast of Italy is full of adventure, love, betrayal and suffering.
On the island of Carthage, Aeneas meets Queen Dido who shelters his people. The two fall in love, but their happiness comes to a tragic end. Once in Italy, all seems hopeful, but soon rivalries develop between Aeneas and local powers and war breaks out...
Using a version of The Aeneid translated by C. Day Lewis, this memorable performance is put on by a star cast including Anna Massey, Gina McKee, Diana Quick and Eleanor Bron.
If you're new to Virgil this is a fantastic way to introduce yourself to an indispensable and intensely impactful classic of World literature. The actors are as good as you'll ever hear- Derek Jacobi, Ralph Fiennes, Diana Quick et al.
If you like this- and you should!- move on to the unabridged Fagles translation. Then do Homer.
With the multi voice narration along with the music and sound effects that linger in the background, the story immerses the reader unlike any other.