Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Aeneid” as Want to Read:
The Aeneid
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

The Aeneid

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  76,537 Ratings  ·  1,559 Reviews
The Aeneid (play /əˈniːɪd/; Latin: Aeneis [ajˈneːis]—the title is Greek in form: genitive case Aeneidos) is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil from 29 to 19 BCE, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is composed of roughly 10,000 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem's tw ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published June 16th 1990 by Vintage (first published -17)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Aeneid, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Don Dido suffers more because Aeneas is demonstrating the Roman virtue of severitas, which is a fulfillment in its own right.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling1984 by George OrwellPride and Prejudice by Jane AustenThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once
465th out of 16,555 books — 77,971 voters
Holy Bible by AnonymousThe Origin of Species by Charles DarwinThe Quran / القرآن الكريم by AnonymousThe Complete Works by William ShakespeareThe Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
The Most Influential Books in History
74th out of 950 books — 3,798 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
I’m a huge fan of propaganda, but I think I may not be a fan of fan fic. I was going into this with the hope that it would be fun, extreme, Latin propaganda, but The Aeneid is really more Trojan War fan fic, IMO. It’s the Phantom Menace to The Iliad’s Empire Strikes Back. It is seriously lame. I think Akira Kurosawa could have made a pretty decent movie of it because he likes to have people frenzy. There’s a lot of frenzying here. The dudes are all chest pound, blooooood, and the chicks are all ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Libby rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Classics scholars, folks who want bragging rights
There are plenty of reviews here telling you why you should or shouldn't read book X. This review of Virgil's "Aeneid," the largely-completed first century BC nationalist epic poem that recounts the Trojan War and Aeneas's role in the eventual founding of Rome, will tell you instead why you should read a copy of "Aeneid" from a university library. Simply put: student annotations.

Nearly every book in a university catalog has been checked out at one time or another by a student reading it as prim
Mar 11, 2008 Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
I’ve been meaning to read the Aeneid for years. The Armorial Bearings of the City of Melbourne have the motto: Vires Acquirit Eundo which is taken from book four of the Aeneid. It translates as, “It gathers strength as it goes”. Melbourne’s first judge gave the young town the motto – but I’ve often wondered if those he gave it to had any idea that the reference is to sexual rumours spreading about Dido and Aeneas. Rumour being the swiftest of the Gods.

Anyway, there is a pop star who is called Di
Mar 21, 2010 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Aeneid, it isn't you... it's me!

I tried to like you, Aeneid, I really did. And we had some good times, didn't we? But I have to admit that I think I was still a bit hung up on Iliad, and I was trying to make you something you aren't. That isn't fair to you, and it isn't fair to me.

You've got such nice language in you. Such poetry! I'm sure that someone will come along soon who can appreciate you for what you are. You deserve it. Really. You're a wonderful story; you're just not for me.

I fina
jillian nessie
Once upon a 2050ish years ago, there was a Roman chap named Virgil who wrote poetry. And holy crappuccino, could he write poetry. Anyway, his chum Caesar Augustus says to him, "Virg, old pal, old bean! Write me some jolly old propaganda linking us Romans, with our beastly inferiority complex and whatnot, to the Greeks so we can get on with conquering the world and quit feeling so much like a master-race of insecure teenage girls, there's a good chap. Oh, and feel free to completely copy-cat Home ...more
Parthiban Sekar
The reason that I picked up this Latin epic book (Yes, what I read did not seem to be a poem, at least to me, but just a splendid translation) is the countless inter-textual references to this mythology book in the books I previously read. And I was not even half-satisfied to find none of them in this translation, in that sense. But, coming to this translation:

"Can there be so much anger in the hearts of the heavenly gods?"

The above line just summarizes the whole story of prophetic wanderings an
João Fernandes
Aug 31, 2015 João Fernandes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, war

"Flectere si nequeo superos, Acheronta movebo!"
If I cannot sway the heavens, I will wake the powers of hell"

(Before I actually start reviewing The Aeneid, I'd like to thank Mr. Bernard Knox not only for his very helpful introductions in the Penguin Deluxe Editions of the three big classic epics, but for sharing his heartfelt story as an U.S. Army captain and his encounter with the Sortes Virgilianae of The Aeneid in the last weeks of World War II in Italy.)

Imperator Caesar Divi Filius

The Aenei
Jan 27, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
The Romans took over from the Greeks as the dominant Mediterranean power after Alexander of Macedon died in 323 BCE, and then turned into an empire when Caesar crossed the Rubicon in 49 BCE, which is a nice way to say that he staged a military coup and installed himself as dictator. It ran along merrily for 800 years until around 500 AD, when it was finally overrun by a series of people with awesome names like Visigoths and Attila the Hun.

Rome was actually founded even earlier than that, though
Dan Weaver
A gifted poet's account of playing Mario Brothers to level 7.
Expect a lot of "then Aeneas was told he needed to fetch a golden bough. But he could only obtain the bough if he completed such-and-such. So he did. Then he went to the underground world and gave the bough to the boatman, and the boatman therefore let him cross the river..." but with lyric flourish. It's maybe not Mario, but some side-scrolling platformer, definitely.

If I understand correctly, Virgil wrote it by order of Caesar August
Apr 01, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, greek-roman
I'm not sure if this is the translation I read back when I did Classics at GCSE and A Level. It seems familiar, but of course, the story would be and two different close translations might still be similar. Anyway, with my course on Tragic Love in the Trojan War, I've had the urge to reread The Aeneid all term.

I can't imagine the loss to the world that it would have been if Vergil's wishes had been carried out when it came to the burning of the manuscript. Parts of The Aeneid are just beautiful
Jul 26, 2015 Poncho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Aeneid continues the story of what happened after the Greeks had taken Troy; it tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan hero who had lost all hope after witnessing his city and his king devastated by what we know as The Trojan Horse, very well crafted by Ulysses and his people — which reminds me of this part in The Odyssey in which a nymph (I think) tells Ulysses how skilful he is when it comes to deceiving; it tells the story of an exile who after a divine promise of a new nation regains his st ...more
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 10, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing
I have always loved this poem. This is argueabely the best poem ever written. This poem was composed by Virgil a poet from 29 BCE. I enjoyed this translation very much. I recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Mike (the Paladin)
When in high school I read the Iliad and Odyssey. After completing them I had to run down Virgil's Aeneid. If you've ever read these books the word pictures of this epic story (Greek myth and then Roman) will I believe be somewhat burned into your mind. I doubt you'll ever have clearer ones. Though written centuries ago the epic tales of mythological gods, goddesses, and heroes will stay with you. For me also the "shift" from Greek characters to Roman (especially in the case of the mythological ...more
Having read Broch's The Death of Virgil earlier this year, I felt I should read The Aeneid, especially as I never studied Latin III, where we would have read it in the original. I'm glad I read it now for the first time, as I don't think I would have appreciated its richness, creativity, and psychological insight years ago. The story is quickly told: Aeneas flees Troy after the Trojan War and he and his companions seek a new land to settle, in Italy. Juno opposes them, so they are forced on a lo ...more
Sylvain Reynard
Don't be fooled by cheap imitations. This is the real Virgil and his lyrical account of the events that transpired after the fall of Troy. (Beware of Greeks bearing gifts)
Read this work and discover why Virgil was the poet laureate of Italy, only to be replaced by Dante. And read it, too, to discover why Beatrice asked Virgil to guide her Beloved through the treacherous Inferno ...
3 Stars, Completed April 4, 2016

I had high hopes for this piece because when I took Latin in high school we occasionally translated/read excerpts from it (however it was too daunting to go on to AP Latin, which focuses on The Aeneid for the entire course), but, alas, I guess I'm still not scholarly enough to say that I fully enjoyed it.

As how I reviewed The Iliad, instead of recapping events or sharing what I liked or didn't like I will be mentioning elements that I noticed or learned from readi
Never, ever, would I have thought that I would enjoy epic poetry so much. Once I had finished this version I did attempt to read another translation and didn’t fare so well, thus I attribute most of my enjoyment to the work of Robert Fagles. The translation makes the book apparently.

Having always enjoyed both Trojan and Roman history I have a basic knowledge of the names of the characters, including the gods and goddesses that are an important part of this tale. I’m sure it could be enjoyed with
Mar 17, 2012 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
WOAH. Roman literature is often seen as being derivative of Greek literature, but damn, Virgil is in a class all his own. Robert Fagles' translation of the Aeneid is the single most stunning, powerful book I've read from the classical era. The incredible sense of focus, the sheer intensity of some of the scenes in this book made my jaw drop. I mean, literally drop. The description of the fall of troy, Dido's bitter recrimination against Aeneas, the little moments of average people mourning the l ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics
This is a hidden gem. Certainly not my favorite of the ancient epics -- I much prefer The Odyssey (how original of me!) But please, oh please, if you're going to read The Aeneid, I heartily recommend Sarah Ruden's translation. I'm generally a fan of Robert Fagles' work, but comparing the two side by side, I was quickly won over by Ruden's lovely, lyrical poetry.

To her credit, it reads quickly, clearly, and at times beautifully, even amidst the name-dropping, chest-beating gore. I never thought
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 07, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Significant Books
Even from my first read, I thought the Aeneid was one of those classic works that read like an adventure novel. I teased my friend the Latin scholar that it’s Roman Imperialist propaganda, and it is. But as she replied, “Yeah, but by that era’s equivalent of Shakespeare.” And you know, after all, Macbeth is Jacobean propaganda, designed to flatter Shakespeare’s new patron, King James. But of course it’s more than just propaganda and the same can be said of the Aeneid.

For one, and this really str
James Murphy
Am I allowed to say it disappointed me? I wasn't gripped by it. Too often my mind wandered so that I became less occupied with the activities of Dido or Turnus or the splendid Aeneas than I was daily concerns or activity around me. I'd never read The Aeneid. I thought I should and found, as I expected, some of it's beautiful, maybe none more so than the lines about the Trojan ships on the sea at night, slaves to the winds and to the gods. I thought it interesting how the poem touches on all of R ...more
Caroline Beatle
He leído varias reseñas quejándose de este libro. Que si Virgilio le copió a Homero, que si es un fanfiction de la Guerra de Troya, que si es propaganda imperialista, que si no es un relato ~normal~ de héroes legendarios, y blablablá.
En serio, personas, no pueden leer un libro escrito en el siglo I a.C. y juzgarlo con criterios del siglo XXI d.C. o de películas hollywoodenses. SÓLO NO.
Sí, este libro no es Homero, lo tenemos muy claro, pero igual es bueno, no, bueno no, genial. Porque es
Oliver Twist & Shout
Jan 30, 2016 Oliver Twist & Shout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia

Hay pocas cosas que yo, alguien que no sólo tiene conocimientos escasos sobre el mundo clásico si no que tampoco tiene formación universitaria, pueda señalar o replicar a propósito de una obra así, que forma parte de la Historia misma y es capaz de fusionar con excelencia mito, Historia, fabulación, espiritualidad y otras muchas materias.

Tan sólo señalar algunos de mis momentos preferidos. Uno de ellos, quizá el más anecdótico, sería la llegada de los troyanos al Tíber, ese pálpito de tranquilid
David Lentz
Jun 21, 2011 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David West renders this classical work accessible with a flare and sensibility that is truly rare. In so doing he brings this masterpiece from the realm of scholars into the hearts and minds of students worldwide. West captures the pure power and scale and grandeur of Virgil through his enormous talent for rendering epic poetry into prose. And for me the words ring true through the accessible prose style of West. He is worthy of great credit for opening this ancient, mystical tale of war and pea ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This was one of the three main texts for Ancient Civs in first year uni (1998), but I didn't actually finish any of them (the other two were The Odyssey and The Iliad, of course). This one I got farther with, but at uni you really have to juggle your extensive reading lists and with so many books to cover for English, History, Philosophy and Ancient Civs (that's my entire first year, right there), it was more prudent to stick with the short plays of Euripides, for instance, than these big epics. ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Jey rated it really liked it
A love that kills

Dido the Queen of Carthage committing suicide

Giulia (FCBGiulia)
Finalmente è finito! Non ne potevo più di questa roba. I primi libri mi sono anche piaciuti, ma dal VI in poi è diventata una lagna infinita D:
Ad ogni modo, uno è andato! Avanti col secondo ;D (dopo una pausa di riflessione ovvio xD)
Nov 29, 2015 Becca rated it it was ok
I Aeneid a break
Steven Peterson
Dec 13, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Virgil’s “Aeneid” is one of the great classical poems. In this translation, the esteemed team of Robert Fagles (translator) and Bernard Knox (author of the Introduction) reprise their partnership in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey.”

This epic work begins with the destruction of Troy. Aeneas, one of the Trojans, escapes with many of his fellows and their families. The poem by the Roman poet Virgil outlines the founding of Rome by Aeneas. One interesting feature, as Know puts it, is the use of “charac
Evan Leach
"Arms, my comrades, bring me arms! The last light calls the defeated. Send me back to the Greeks, let me go back to fight new battles. Not all of us here will die today without revenge."

The Aeneid is the third member of the Holy Trinity of ancient western epic, following Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Virgil's poem tells the story of Aeneas, a hero in the Trojan War who leads the remainder of his people west after Troy's defeat to build a new life in Italy, ultimately founding the Roman race. I wan
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
You'll love this ...: August 2015 - The Aeneid 48 31 Aug 27, 2015 06:47PM  
Ancient and Medie...: The Aeneid 1 8 Jan 17, 2015 10:38AM  
Aeneid 16 144 Jan 02, 2015 08:09AM  
Classics of the W...: Aeneid by Virgil 1 2 Apr 01, 2014 03:49PM  
History Buffs United: Where to buy Hardcover Books 2 15 Nov 09, 2013 01:11AM  
  • Pharsalia: The Civil War
  • The Complete Poems
  • The Oresteia  (Ορέστεια, #1-3)
  • The Odes of Horace
  • Metamorphoses
  • Jason and Medea
  • The Sixteen Satires
  • The Satyricon
  • The Annals of Imperial Rome
  • The History of Rome, Books XXI-XXX: The War With Hannibal
  • Frogs and Other Plays
  • Poems and Fragments
  • Sophocles II: Ajax/Women of Trachis/Electra/Philoctetes (Complete Greek Tragedies 4)
  • The Golden Ass
  • Theogony/Works and Days (World's Classics)
  • The Letters of the Younger Pliny
  • Epigrams
  • The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura
Publius Vergilius Maro (October 15, 70 BCE – September 21, 19 BCE), usually called Virgil or Vergil /ˈvɜrdʒəl/ in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, are sometimes attributed to him.

Virgil is trad
More about Virgil...

Share This Book

Fléctere si néqueo súperos Acheronta movebo - If I cannot move heaven, I will raise hell.” 216 likes
“The descent into Hell is easy” 153 likes
More quotes…