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The Aeneid

by Publius Virgilius Maro, Virgil

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This classical epic poem tells of the Trojan warrior Aeneas. Departing from Troy after its fall, Aeneas makes a perilous journey towards modern-day Italy. In Italy, he plays a major part in the founding of Rome. As he endures the military and social challenges related to the founding of this great city, Aeneas fights not for himself, but rather for the selfless cause of founding an enduring and influential metropolis.… (more)
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    The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri (lisanicholas)
    lisanicholas: Dante, whose poetical muse was Virgil, makes himself the "hero" of this epic journey through not only Hell, but also Purgatory and Heaven -- a journey modeled to a certain extent on Aeneas's visit to the Underworld in the Aeneid. Dante's poem gives an imaginative depiction of the afterlife, which has both similarities and significant contrasts to Virgil's depiction of the pagan conception of what happens to the soul after death, and how that is related to the life that has been lived.… (more)
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    The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes (andejons)
    andejons: Both epics connects to the Iliad and the Odyssey, even if the Argonautica is a prequel of sorts and the Aeneid is a sequel. Also, both Jason and Aeneas as well as Medea and Dido shows similar traits.
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Arms and a man I sing
Review of the Yale University Press (YUP) paperback edition (2009*) of the YUP hardcover (2008) translated from the Latin language original Aenēis (19 BCE)

I very much enjoyed the readability and the plain modern day language of Sarah Ruden's recent translation of The Gospels (2021). That was enough for me to want to explore several of her other translation works of which I have now located several via the library. This earlier 2008 Aenied translation has now been supplanted by a expanded and updated 2021 edition which I have yet to source.

While the 2008 translation is certainly readable and in plain language, it is drastically short on additional explanatory material. Ruden does have the great feature of being a line by line equivalent to the original, whereas other translators tend to run on at length. Ruden is free verse though, and certainly can't supplant Dryden's rhymed version. Ruden's Translator's Preface is quite brief at less than 5 pages and the Glossary is only 12 pages. That may sound like plenty, but every time I looked someone up, they weren't listed, as it is "... only the most important characters and places". My only convenient comparison is my own copy of the Robert Fitzgerald 1983 translation with a 15 page Postscript and a 24 page Glossary which definitely is more informative and complete. Ruden's 2021 edition will hopefully expand on those areas.

In terms of the shock value of any 21st century modernisms used by Ruden, I was really only struck by the Tuscan Arruns' vow to kill the amazon Voscian leader Camilla, who had been triumphing over the Trojans and their allies:
"... I want no arms, no trophy -
No spoils at all. I'll get my glory elsewhere.
If I can strike this bitch down, I'll return
Gladly obscure to the cities of my homeland."
- The Aenied, Book 11 Lines 790-793 Ruden (2008)Compare Dryden and Fitzgerald: "Nor spoils, nor triumph, from the fact I claim,
But with my future actions trust my fame.
Let me, by stealth, this female plague o’ercome,
And from the field return inglorious home."
- The Aenied, Book 11 Lines ?? Dryden (1697) "... I want no spoils,
No trophy of a beaten girl. My actions
Elsewhere will bring me honour. May this dire
Scourge of battle perish, when hit by me.
Then to the cities of my ancestors
With no pretence of glory I'll return."
- The Aenied, Book 11 Lines 1077-1082 Fitzgerald (1983)Overall this is a [4], but more because of the lack of extra material. If you are ok with looking all of that up online yourself, then no problem. I'm going to hold onto a possible future [5] rating for when I am able to source Ruden's 2021 revision.

Trivia and Links
Yale University Press have recently released a revised and expanded edition of the Sarah Ruden translation as The Aeneid (Feb. 9, 2021).

Sarah Ruden recommends the Five Best Books on Virgil at Five Books. Note that she includes Robert Fitzgerald's translation in its 1992 Everyman's Library edition.

You can read the John Dryden (1697) translation at Project Gutenberg.

You can read the original Latin text of The Aeneid (and other works by Virgil) online at The Latin Library. ( )
  alanteder | Apr 18, 2021 |
I had high hopes for the Aeneid since it is the connecting thread between Homer and Dante, both of whose epics I love. This new translation succeeds in being accessible, and parts of the first half shine, but the back half is a litany of name-dropping nested in a boring war description. ( )
  albertgoldfain | Apr 2, 2021 |
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added by AngelsAngladaLibrary | edit9 País, juny 1978, Maria Àngels Anglada

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Virgilius Maro, PubliusAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Virgilmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahl, FrederickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Albini, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allinson, Anne C. E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Aeternum dictis da diva leporem.
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Wars and man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate, he was the first to flee the coast of Troy, destined to reach Lavinian shores and Italian soil, yet many blows he took on land and sea from the gods above—thanks to cruel Juno's relentless rage—and many losses he bore in battle too, beofe he could found a city, bring his gods to Latium, source of the Latin race, the Alban lords and the high walls of Rome.
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This classical epic poem tells of the Trojan warrior Aeneas. Departing from Troy after its fall, Aeneas makes a perilous journey towards modern-day Italy. In Italy, he plays a major part in the founding of Rome. As he endures the military and social challenges related to the founding of this great city, Aeneas fights not for himself, but rather for the selfless cause of founding an enduring and influential metropolis.

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A man leaves his home
and wanders with his people
and finds a new home.
Long search for new home
Old one ru'ned by Greek Gift Horse
Future lies with wolves

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