Aeneid, The

David West, Virgil

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 27-03-2003

£10.99

Inspired by Homer and inspiration for Dante and Milton, the Aeneid is an immortal poem at the heart of Western life and culture. Virgil took Aeneas as his hero and in telling a story of dispossession and defeat, love and war, he portrayed human life in all its nobility and suffering.

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‘The most truthful translation ever, conveying as many nuances and whispers as are possible from the original’ The TimesAfter a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote the Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising his legendary ancestor Aeneas. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, the Aeneid also set out to provide Rome with a literature equal to that of Greece. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven-year journey: to Carthage, where he falls tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld,; and finally to Italy, where he founds Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as ‘the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man’.Translated with an Introduction by DAVID WEST

Additional information

Weight 0.269 kg
Dimensions 21 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 368