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"Robert Fagles's translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and become the standard translations of our era. Now, his stunning modern verse translation of Virgil's Aeneid is poised to do the same. This beautifully produced edition of the Aeneid will be eagerly sought by readers desiring to complete their Fagles collection and the a ...more
Kindle Edition, 484 pages
Published May 11th 2012 (first published -17)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2016 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

--The Aeneid

Translator's Postscript
Genealogy: The Royal Houses of Greece and Troy
Suggestions for Further Reading
Variants from the Oxford Classical Text
Notes on the Translation
Pronouncing Glossary
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
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
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 copycat Homer ...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
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
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
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
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
Diamond Cowboy
Feb 10, 2016 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...
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
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
Ivana Split
Jul 14, 2016 Ivana Split rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I think of Aeneid, I think of one Summer not too long and one bright fifteen-year-old I taught it to. By that time, I've read Aeneid a number of times and I had a very high opinion about it yet it was that experience of teaching it to somebody that made me see it in a whole new light. I felt like I was reading it for the first time, but still I could remember all those parts that originally moved me the most and it was interesting to observe my emotional reactions to it anew. For clearly, i ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 07, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Eliana Rivero
La única salvación para los vencidos es no esperar ninguna

Virgilio hizo este poema épico tomando elementos de las dos grandes obras de Homero: La Odisea y La Ilíada. Se nota la gran influencia de Homero en cada libro que compone esta épica y en su desarrollo. Aquí, se cantan las grandes hazañas del increíble Eneas, héroe troyano que huye de su destruida ciudad con padre e hijo y recorre los mares buscando un lugar donde establecerse con la gente que quedó de su pueblo. Suceden un montón de cosas
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
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
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
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
Mar 06, 2015 Jey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A love that kills

Dido the Queen of Carthage committing suicide

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
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
Surprisingly subversive, but in a guileless, ennobling way. Virgil is a poet's poet, and while he ascends to Homeric heights partly through imitation, we mustn't overstate this nor scoff that the Aeneid is mere propaganda, lest we miss the master at work, fashioning a new, hollow visage for the hero of a new age. As much as Achilles and Odysseus are different from one another, Aeneas is at least as much apart from either of them. By the end of the poem he's become a faceless hero- adaptable not ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FRom BBC radio 4 - Classical Serial:
Aeneas is a faithful husband, a loving father, and a devoted son. He's a good soldier too, and when the city of Troy is threatened, all he wants to do is to defend his home. For ten long years he fights against the invading Greeks. Then one day the ghost of a long-dead comrade appears to him on the battlefield, telling him to stop fighting and run. The future of the Trojan people lies elsewhere, and if Aeneas is to lead them, he must survive. So, with his frai
Apr 07, 2008 booklady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005, classic, literature
Listened to the book on tape with my daughters when we were still homeschooling as a part of our study of the Great Books. It wasn't our favorite by any stretch of the imagination. Not bad, but not great either. (Started it the 30th of October.)
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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.

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