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Vergil's Aeneid, Books VII-XII by Virgil
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Vergil's Aeneid, Books VII-XII

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Dit is de vertaling van Vergilius' werk door priester-dichter Anton Van Wilderode, gepubliceerd in de jaren '70. In die tijd zat ik op de schoolbanken (middelbare school) en kreeg ik in het vijfde jaar Nederlands van hem (Cyriel Coupé was zijn eigenlijke naam), uiteraard een bijzondere ervaring. Eén keer gaf hij gedetailleerd uitleg over hoe hij de Latijnse hexameters van Vergilius had omgezet naar het Nederlands, geen eenvoudige klus, zoals we in de oefeningen zelf ook merkten. Van Wilderode werd op dat moment (1977) volop gelauwerd voor zijn vertaling (onder meer met een eredoctoraat aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Van Wilderode stond zowel in zijn eigen dichtwerk als in zijn vertalingen van Vergilius en Horatius voor een erg klassieke, elegische aanpak. Dat beroert nog altijd een gevoelige snaar bij mij (zeker zijn betere dichtwerk), maar als ik eerlijk ben - we zijn nu meer dan 40 jaar later - is de stijl van zijn vertalingen nu wel echt uit de tijd. Hij benadrukte toen trouwens zelf dat klassieke werken (zoals die van Vergilius) minstens elke generatie een nieuwe vertaling behoeven. ( )
  bookomaniac | Dec 17, 2017 |
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Fairclough, H.R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) was born in 70 BCE near Mantua and was educated at Cremona, Milan and Rome. Slow in speech, shy in manner, thoughtful in mind, weak in health, he went back north for a quiet life. Influenced by the group of poets there, he may have written some of the doubtful poems included in our Virgilian manuscripts. All his undoubted extant work is written in his perfect hexameters. Earliest comes the collection of ten pleasingly artificial bucolic poems, the Eclogues, which imitated freely Theocritus's idylls. They deal with pastoral life and love. Before 29 BCE came one of the best of all didactic works, the four books of Georgics on tillage, trees, cattle, and bees. Virgil's remaining years were spent in composing his great, not wholly finished, epic the Aeneid, on the traditional theme of Rome's origins through Aeneas of Troy. Inspired by the Emperor Augustus's rule, the poem is Homeric in metre and method but influenced also by later Greek and Roman literature, philosophy, and learning, and deeply Roman in spirit. Virgil died in 19 BCE at Brundisium on his way home from Greece, where he had intended to round off the Aeneid. He had left in Rome a request that all its twelve books should be destroyed if he were to die then, but they were published by the executors of his will.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Virgil is in two volumes.

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