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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
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Sparrow
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
Libby
Jul 08, 2008 Libby rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Trevor
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...more
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...more
Nikki
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...more
Robert
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...more
Jane
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 ...
Erin
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...more
Nessie Tavariel
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jun 07, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...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
Jeremy
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
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) 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 deities) was extremely, what(?) interesting(?). Th...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
Steven Peterson
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...more
David Lentz
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
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...more
Stefan Yates
The Aeneid is basically a sequel to the Iliad by Homer but told with a slant to Roman ideology and history. What Virgil has done with the Aeneid is to take Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and combine them into one work that takes the best out of the two originals and makes them valid and relevant to Roman sensibilities. (Just as Homer himself took the old legends and mythology of the Greeks and used them to create his two epic poems.)

Virgil does a wonderful job of keeping the reader engaged through th...more
Laura
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
...more
Aidan Watson-Morris
well, ceaser augustus definitely knew his way around some poets. virgil is in the same league as homer, if not as a poet, then as a storyteller. the part where augustus 'saving rome' is prophesied was somewhat hard to take seriously knowing historical context, though. there's a bit where turnus is fighting aeneas one on one, that is almost a direct paraphrase, if such thing there be, of the scene that parallels it in the iliad (the futility of running in a dream as metaphor for death) which my r...more
Andrew
The Odyssey is a story about becoming a man- living by your wits, having love and suffering for it, staying true in the course of adversity. The Iliad, meanwhile, is about the collective lives we lead. How it makes sense for us to board one of a thousand ships to fight an outraged honor against a love that doesn't exist anymore- that being a small part of a large thing is a noble endeavor. That groups reflect their leaders.

The Aeneid is different. It's a story about loss. The tragedy for Aeneas...more
Heather
My second time through, I still have yet to grasp the essence of the quality that makes "The Aeneid" a classic. The first half is fascinating, but the latter six books to my American, 21st Century mind, read as an unnecessarily prolonged struggle that could be much shortened save for Virgil's desire to mirror "The Iliad" (which I like!).

I think the key difference between this Roman epic and the Greek ones lies in characterization. Whereas I can weep for Hector's death or be moved by Achilles' s...more
Jesse
Virgil's achievement with the Aeneid is remarkable - a straight and dry imitation of Homer that comes off alive, fresh and exciting. How did he do that? Obviously, there is something enchanting about the Homeric framework, so once that's accurately adopted you need a wonderful story, and the Aeneid is full of wonder; in fact, the Aeneid is a combination of the highlights between the Iliad and Odyssey combined. Perhaps that is the aesthetic failure of romantic imitation - out of the glory of two...more
Punning
The epic song of wars and men. If blood, guts and epic poetry are you thing, this book is for you. Given the introductory words of the story, it is shocking how Aneas is pushed along by the Fates and the Gods, never does he have much free will or freedom of action. Rome, we are told, was founded out of Destiny-- not desire.

This may sound like a complaint to modern readers, but it is, in fact, the opposite. The passive voice is used masterfully and to great effect. It lays out the foundational m...more
Lars Guthrie
What a wonderful experience. I've been meaning to read the Aeneid for a long time, and after reading another (http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14...) Goodreader's positive report on a simultaneous reading/listening of Dickens's 'Bleak House,' decided to use that approach.

I'm not knowledgeable about these things, but I am aware that Robert Fagles' translation has its detractors. However, I found the language and rhythm of this 'Aeneid' powerful and poetic. The text version also includes a help...more
El
Aeneas survives the fall of Troy and has many adventures on his way to found a new home. Along the way, similar to Homer's Odyssey and Iliad, he meets adversity along the way through distracting women, fantastic creatures and monsters, and a slew of loyal friends like Pallas, all the time having a huge battle with his antagonists, like Turnus and his gang. They fight for land, they fight for the hand of Lavinia, they fight probably because that is what they like to do. Virgil does not shy from e...more
Jenell
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Zelda
Thoroughly enjoyable. Can't speak to the translation quality but I found it readable and trust Fitzgerald's translations.
Jim Coughenour
I've put off reading the Aeneid my whole life – ever since I read the first few books in high school Latin class, after finishing Caesar's Gallic War. I've had the august Fitzgerald translation setting on my shelves since 1983; I bought the Lombardo translation when it came out, and recently bought the paperback translation by Sarah Ruden. After moving back and forth among these translations I gravitated toward Lombardo's for its simplicity and force.

This translation also has an excellent introd...more
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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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