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I read this translation more than a decade after my failed high school attempt to read a more antiquated translation that I've now forgotten. I recommend the Warner translation for its accessibility. There are moments of brilliance in this progenitor of self-help: the kind of things I'd like to copy down and quote later. However, for someone who isn't a Christian, the constant fawning and supplication to Christ is tiresome in between a few vivid personal stories of life in the declining Roman ...more
One of the Augustinian Recollect (OAR) priests told me that this was an excellent translation. I have read this version four times. The rhetorical style seems extraordinary; how much more so it must be in Latin. On my last reading, I blogged the book, though I did not finish the blog:
Rex Warner (9 March 1905 – 24 June 1986) was an English classicist, writer and translator. He is now probably best remembered for The Aerodrome (1941), an allegorical novel whose young hero is faced with the disintegration of his certainties about his loved ones and with a choice between the earthy, animalistic life of his home village and the pure, efficient, emotionally detached life of an ...moreMore about Rex Warner...