The Aeneid

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The Aeneid - Virgil. A translation into English prose by A. S. Kline. Illustrated edition.


In the Aeneid, Virgil retells, and partially invents, the story of Aeneas, the son of Anchises and the goddess Venus-Aphrodite who, fleeing the ruins of Troy carrying his father on his shoulders, and bearing his household gods, journeyed to Italy. In doing so Virgil consciously creates the national epic of Rome, posits a semi-divine lineage for the Imperial house of Augustus Caesar, and provides an origin for the Roman people. Full of powerful and evocative passages, for example those describing Aeneas’ desertion of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and those describing his visit to the Underworld, the Aeneid ensured Virgil’s literary fame.


Aeneas embodies the Roman virtues of steadfastness, and loyalty, coupled with a sense of destiny, which Virgil reinforces with pseudo-prophetic elements implying that the founding of Rome was a fated consequence of the destruction of Troy. From a literary viewpoint, Aeneas provides continuity between the epics of Greece, where he appears as a character in the Iliad, and the epics of Rome where he is portrayed as an ancestor of Romulus, Rome’s founder.


Virgil’s work had a wide influence on later Roman epic and on European literature in general. Dante in particular employed Virgil as guide to his journey through the Inferno and Purgatory of the Divine Comedy, seeing him as a proponent of Empire, a master of the poetic tradition, and a prophet of the advent of Christianity.


This and other texts available from Poetry in Translation (www.poetryintranslation.com).

  • GENRE
    Fiction & Literature
    RELEASED
    2014
    October 20
    LANGUAGE
    EN
    English
    LENGTH
    330
    Pages
    PUBLISHER
    Poetry in Translation
    SELLER
    A Kline
    SIZE
    1.8
    MB

    Customer Reviews

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    Illustrated!

    I’m not sure how the transaction compares to other versions, but the illustrations are awesome. This is a re-packaging of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. You should read them first. I found Aeneid easier to follow with cool references to historical Roman figures.

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