By (author) Vergil
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Aeneid by Vergil
Book DescriptionConsidered the greatest Roman poet, Vergil spent over a decade working on this monumental epic poem, which has been a source of inspiration for more than 2,000 years. Its twelve books tell the heroic story of Aeneas, a Trojan who escaped the burning ruins of Troy to found Lavinium, the parent city of Rome, in the west.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780486287492
(209mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 22-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Vergil
Aeneid 5, Paperback (October 2014)
This is the fifth in the series of books of the "Aeneid" which include the text in Latin, with an introduction and commentary.
Aeneid 4, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Vergil
This edition is part of a new series of commentaries on the Aeneid. Each volume is edited by a scholar of Roman epic and designed with the needs of today's college Latin students in mind. A two-volume edition of all books in the Aeneid will be derived from the series.
US Kirkus Review » After giving us perhaps the finest modern versions of Homer (rivaled only by Lattimore), Fitzgerald has now translated a spirited, eloquent, fresh Aeneid - though some will still prefer Allan Mandelbaum's. Fitzgerald has had his eye on Virgil for many years - he edited Dryden's Aeneid, with notes and an expert Introduction, in 1964 - but his own poetic voice is decidedly un-Virgilian: brisk, bold, hearty, a sociable baritone. His irregular pentameters, with continual enjambment, come in great fluid rushes (less "faithful" but more readable than Mandelbaum's slower-paced lines), often making a spring tide of a quiet Virgilian stream. Virgil's discreet rhetorical emphasis sometimes becomes startlingly colloquial: e.g., "Fortune has made a derelict/ Of Sinon, but the bitch/Won't make an empty liar of him, too." And even when Fitzgerald tries to echo the original, he can't help sounding more direct and homespun. Lively rather than exquisite, vigorous and risky, with only a few outright anachronistic clinkers: the most accessible Aeneid (since Dryden, anyway) for a Latin-less modern audience, especially helpful in sustaining readers through the often-wearisome battle scenes in the later books. (Kirkus Reviews)
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