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The Aeneid by Publius Virgilius Maro
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The Aeneid

by Publius Virgilius Maro

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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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    Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin (rarm)
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    The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch (chrisharpe)
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    Voyages and Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation by Richard Hakluyt (KayCliff)
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2 v. Reprint. New York, NY : AMS / Johnson Reprint, 1971 ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Derivative. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
I haven't read an epic poem since college. I forgot how bloody they can be. I read Aeneid to get the back story for my next opera, Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
I enjoyed reading the Aenid and I recommend the story. I do not recommend the Dryden translation for most people because it required a lot of attention (and sometimes re-reading) to understand the meaning of his poetry.

What I liked about the Aenid and what captured my interest the most was the gradual construction of Rome's founding mythology woven into the trials of the surviving Trojans. Stories that take the reader on a sojourn to discover continuity, ancient roots and arcane symbol associations between something well-known but imbued with meaning and history below its surface seem to tap into our psyche's need to divine order from the noise of a random universe.

I finished the Aenid right after finishing my first-ever read of The Iliad and The Odyssey. I read translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey by the same translator (Robert Fagles) but this copy of the Aenid was the Dryden translation which had a very different feel and pace to it than Fagles' much more modern style. I liked the poetry because it felt more poetic than Fagles' style, it was refreshing but also challenging at times.

The character of the Aenid was certainly different from that of both the Iliad and the Odyssey: this was a story about the underdog finding its rightful place in the world and mating a demigod with the unremarkable (but fertile) to remake itself into the domineering Roman Empire. Aeneas' colonization of the Latins was blessed (and even forced) by the Gods.

Much like the Iliad and the Odyssey, mischief and the balance of the scales is (conveniently) managed or set into motion by the Gods. This makes the poems difficult for me to find a good grounding on because if you accept the divinity and righteousness of the Gods then you can surrender most moral analysis and enjoy the poem as history written by the Gods themselves! However, considering the imperfections and immoralities of the Gods themselves makes the moral analysis of this poem much more complicated (when I have a coherent analysis, I will add it to this review). ( )
  pspringmeyer | Aug 29, 2019 |
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added by AngelsAngladaLibrary | edit9 País, juny 1978, Maria Àngels Anglada
 

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Virgilius Maro, PubliusAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahl, FrederickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Albini, GiuseppeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allinson, Anne C. E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Allinson, Francis GreenleafEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Beck, Marcosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Goelzer, HenriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, MandyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Marzari Chiesa, FrancescoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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A man leaves his home
and wanders with his people
and finds a new home.
(marcusbrutus)
Long search for new home
Old one ru'ned by Greek Gift Horse
Future lies with wolves
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