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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  110,455 ratings  ·  2,917 reviews
The Aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.

Virgil’s epic tale tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan hero, who flees his city after its fall, with his father Anchises and his young son Ascanius – for Aeneas is destined to found Rome and father the Roman race. As Aeneas journeys closer to his goal
Paperback, 442 pages
Published June 16th 1990 by Vintage (first published -19)
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Heather Purri Dido suffers from self-denial; Aeneas suffers, period. Dido's husband, Sychaeus, had died and he was her one true love. Dido incorrectly assumes that …moreDido suffers from self-denial; Aeneas suffers, period. Dido's husband, Sychaeus, had died and he was her one true love. Dido incorrectly assumes that Juno/Hera delaying Aeneas's departure will give him time to fall in love with her. When he leaves, he tells her the truth-that he never loved her-rather than a beautiful and comforting lie. Aeneas suffers because his wife, Creusa, literally just died in the Trojan War and Aeneas is a single father now. In the Underworld, it breaks Aeneas's heart to see that Dido died, but she will not hear his apologies and flaunts her reunion with Sychaeus. But, someday, Aeneas will reunite with Creusa.(less)
Cassandra Not very often. He's mostly just a 2D character whose actions are only chosen because they are the most pietas. Virgil rarely shows Aeneas' actual tho…moreNot very often. He's mostly just a 2D character whose actions are only chosen because they are the most pietas. Virgil rarely shows Aeneas' actual thoughts and feelings - basically the only thing Aeneas does for himself is to be with Dido, and even then you barely get to see what Aeneas thinks about the whole thing.
One moment when he shows human feeling: Book 1, giving a rousing speech to his men saying stuff like 'we have long been no strangers to affliction' despite that he was 'sick at heart, for the cares which he bore were heavy indeed'.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Æneis = Aeneid, Virgil

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans.

The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.

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Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Waste Land

The Aeneid

YOU can Conquer - now, isn’t that a nifty quick analysis of how faith works? That’s Virgil talking!

Faith in oneself... or Faith in a Higher Being?

Let’s take a closer look...

Virgil left off writing this masterpiece a mere twenty years before the Star appeared over ancient Bethlehem.

And, of course, the Aeneid gave the worldly Rom
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“What god can help me tell so dread a story?
Who could describe that carnage in a song - “

Well, the answer of course is Virgil, a poet of the era of Augustus’ Rome. Why does he write it? Many literary critics have condemned the Aeneid for being state propaganda. Of course it is. Openly, proudly so! Many others have condemned it for connecting strongly to other epic poems of the Ancient world, most notably of course Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Of course it does. Openly, proudly so!

The Aeneid is a
Adam Dalva
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Impossible to rank a book that is so important, that has so many problems, that holds moments of deep and beautiful simile and metaphor, that treats its lead with shocking inconsistency, whose ending is an eruption of modern plot that redeems the whole book.

The Ferry translation is quick and good and worth noting.

There is staggering overlap with The Iliad and the Odyssey throughout- Cyclops and Scylla and Charybdis were surprises here, as is the rip off of the in media res structure. We have sto
Meredith Holley
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
Jun 16, 2008 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
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3 out of 5 stars to The Aeneid, a classic work written in 17 BC by Virgil.

In The Aeneid, Virgil creates two vastly different archetypal heroes named Turnus and Aeneas. Aeneas is a Trojan prince who has hopes of finding a new Troy in the land of Latium, but he runs into an angered Turnus, a Rutulian prince that does not welcome Aeneas. Both men are equally strong, equally determined, and have equal and rightful claim to the land. However, Virgil creates this distinct diff
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"I sing of warfare and a man at war.
From the sea-coast of Troy in early days
He came to Italy by destiny,
To our Lavinian western shore,
A fugitive, this captain, buffeted
Cruelly on land as on the sea
By blows from powers of the air - behind them
Baleful Juno in her sleepless rage.
And cruel losses were his lot in war,
Till he could found a city and bring home
His gods to Latium, land of the Latin race,
The Alban lords, and the high walls of Rome.
Tell me the cause now, O Muse, how galled
In her divine pri
Elle (ellexamines)
some funny reviews as to my opinions on this

1) this is filled with purple prose and instalove, complete with a hot sexy bad boy for the main character

2) hello my name is Aeneas Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way. I have long ebony black hair and some people say I look like Aphrodite (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!) I was sailing through the ever-mindful anger of the savage Juno. It was raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of gods stared at me. I put
Charlotte May
Read as part of my A Levels.
Thoroughly enjoyed the first half of The Aeneid (mainly because its the half influenced by The Odyssey and so more mythological and fantastical) less enthralled by the second half (more influenced by The Iliad - with war and politics.)
Will go back for a reread at some point I imagine.
History records that Virgil wrote his epic poem The Aeneid to fulfill two purposes. One is to restore the faith among Romans of the "Greatness of the Rome" at a time such faith was hard tried. The second reason is to legitimize the Caesar line to the Roman throne. To achieve this end, Virgil picks up a Trojan hero by the name of Aeneas, who is known as a mythical legend having been a character of Homer's epic poem the Iliad , and who becomes the founding father of future Roman rulers.

Mar 21, 2010 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
Mar 09, 2008 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
E. G.

--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
Feb 02, 2010 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
jillian n.
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mythology, classics
Once upon a 2050ish years ago, there was a Roman chap named Vergil who wrote poetry. And holy crappuccino, could he write poetry. Anyway, his chum Caesar Augustus says to him, "Verg, old pal, old bean! Write me some jolly old propaganda linking us Romans, inferiority complex-afflicted as we are, to the Greeks so we can get on with conquering the world and quit feeling so much like a master race of insecure teenagers, there's an absolutely spiffing chap. Oh, and feel free to completely copycat Ho ...more
João Fernandes
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, poetry

"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 Aen
J. Sebastian
Mandelbaum’s translation is beautiful. After the fall of Troy, Aeneas and his Trojans strive through tremendous pain and hardship to find their way home. Destiny and fate are always in view behind the suffering and the endless journey, and a beauty that is rich and deep emerges everywhere. It is the blending of destiny with heroic epic poetry that gives meaning and beauty to life, no matter how hard it can become.

Though Aeneas wanders through many lands, the great women of the book emerge as la
The Aeneid by Virgil
(70BC – 19BC)
A verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum

Virgil chooses the “Iliad” by Homer as the baseline and background for his epic poem The Aeneid.
According to scholars, Virgil aimed with his work to establish the original founding of the Roman Nation.

Ilium is the Latin name of Troy. The city existed in the late bronze age, about 1200BC.

The Iliad is Homer’s story of the young Trojan Paris and his kidnap of consenting beautiful Helen; followed by the Greek revenge expedition
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometime you may recall today with pleasure. (1.203)
And end is set for everyone,
For life is brief and cannot be recovered.

I don’t fear death. To me, the gods are nothing.

He dreamed about immortal fame . . .

After deciding on Peter Green's recent translations of Homer, I decided on something equally direct for a second reading of the Aeneid to try to get more enjoyment than my very forgettable first reading of Dryden's rendering.

To me, Virgil's ep
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, fantasy
The Aeneid is an epic tale of the journey of Aeneas, survivor of Troy's fall, and his journey to found the Roman peoples. The story is one you should read yourself and like the Greek Illiad and Oddessy (from which Virgil borrows heavily-as any Roman writer would have done at the time- 19 BCE). It is a story full of gods and goddesses, war, lust and anger. One of the great classic stories. It is one everyone should take a moment and read at least once. I highly recommend reading it in the origina ...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
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
Ivana Books Are Magic
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok but this was so much better than the Iliad or the Odyssey... Aeneas is the only main hero from an epic I didn't despise with every fiber of my being (except Hector I adored Hector) ...more
Jon Nakapalau
It is hard for me to rate his book because I know so much of it went over my head. One of the hardest books I have ever read...but I can see that Virgil is one of the greatest poets of all time.
Mar 29, 2012 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
Steven Walle
Feb 18, 2015 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.
Disclaimer: I rushed/skimmed through this for a Greek Mythology course.

It was interesting to read an epic that centered around Roman history and mythology rather than Greek.

Will probably reread at some point. Recommended for lovers of classics and mythology. 3.25
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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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