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The Aeneid of Virgil

(The Great Courses)

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The Aeneid is the great national epic of ancient Rome, and one of the most important works of literature ever written. It was basic to the education of generations of Romans, and has stirred the imaginations of such writers and artists as St. Augustine, Dante, Milton, and countless others. The Aeneid represents both Virgil's tribute to Homer and his attempt to re-imagine a ...more
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Published 1999 by The Great Courses
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Danielle Yes, I'm trying to do this, but it's easier to think about, than to do it. Books are scattered all over my desk, including a juvenile book on the stor…moreYes, I'm trying to do this, but it's easier to think about, than to do it. Books are scattered all over my desk, including a juvenile book on the story. I'm listening to THE AENEID on cd, as well as listening to THE GREAT COURSES : THE AENEID OF VIRGIL taught by Professor Elizabeth Vandiver University of Maryland, on CD. The Great Courses cd is a wonderful tool to use while listening to the AENEID. Maybe when I retire I could do this, but those who are retired say, they are equally as busy as before they were retired. (less)
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These lectures made all the difference in my *hearing* of The Aeneid. Dr. Vandiver is clear, presents multiple possible perspectives, and helps the reader to understand The Aeneid and its place in the Western tradition. She helps to both tie and separate it from Homer. The first time I listened to The Aeneid, it felt like fan fiction, but Dr Vandiver helped it to stand on its own.

This year, I listened to the Aeneid and didn't like it. I asked for advice and purchased these lectures. I listened t
Dr. Vandiver's series of lectures on the Aeneid is wonderful. She not only gets you to want to reread it, but her love and passion for the subject matter are great.

Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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In Mrs Scott's Latin II class, during my sophomore year in high school (1964-65) we were tasked with translating parts of Caesar's Gallic Wars and Vergil's Aeneid (I can't remember which book). I (kind of) understood Caesar's prose and actually enjoyed translation it (what teenaged boy wouldn't like the war exploits of an historic legend). Vergil, however, was an entirely different can of worms. Maybe it was the poetic nature/composition that confused me, or just the complicated m
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A help as always for Great Books, and Dr. Vandiver is one of the best.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr. Vandiver is very knowledgeable and presents the topics in a very entertaining and engaging manner. I really cannot conceive anymore reading these books without this kind of support. The richness of the experience grows incalculably.
Michael P.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The highest complement I can pay this lectures series is that it made me want to reread a book I did not like the first time I read it. Her expository teaching style mostly works very well, though I enjoyed the three introductory lectures and the two summary lectures more. The reason I stop at four stars is Vandiver's obnoxious belief that inconsistencies in the story may be (are) an indication that a character is lying instead of inconsistency on the part of the author. This is reading an ancie ...more
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I somehow had never read the Aeneid so I decided to fix this oversight. I however realized going in cold turkey would of been senseless so I decided to read this in conjunction with me reading the poem And Im glad I did this course gave me a lot of insight that I would of missed in an epic such as this. It helped focus my attention on things I would of definitely missed if I had just read it without this course. Worth the listen if you are interested in one of the great works of literature.
Elwin Kline
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
This closes out and completes my goal of obtaining a better understanding of the Iliad, Odyssey, and now the Aeneid.

Reading the original translated text into English today was very difficult for me, as it comes with a lot of assumed knowledge and reads very much so like 'hardcore fantasy' with all the gods and goddesses so on and so forth. I gave them an honest effort and they were just too unenjoyable for me and I decided to opt for these skillfully done Great Courses to at least be exposed to
Neeraja Sankaran
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lecture series was a great companion / guide to the Aeneid. The lecturer gave important signposts without spoon-feeding the work to the readers or prospective readers. I was especially struck by the final lecture, when she said she gets the shudders when she thinks what a loss it would have been has Vergil's wishes been honored and the manuscript burned, rather than Augustus rescuing it. So now I know a bit more about Dante's guide in the Underworld and Purgatory.
Yousef M
I listened to this intermittently while going through the Aeneid (also on audiobook). Vandiver is an excellent teacher and her lectures are so insightful and clear, I’d imagine even if you haven’t read the material, you will gain a lot of knowledge and food for thought just listening to her analysis. A primary reason why I even finished the Aeneid (which I consider inferior to the Homer epics, especially the second half) was so I could fully enjoy Vandiver’s lectures on the last few books.
Doug Taylor
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I listened to this because I figured I’d get more out of the course than just the epic itself. It was quick, pretty informative and at times even illuminating, and with good narration. Give how important context and history are in understanding the classics, this was a worthwhile purchase.
Derek Shouba
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found that these lectures helped me get more out of the poem.
Steven Nobody
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, nonfiction
Professor Vandiver is excellent. It doesn't sound like a lecture but like she is talking to just me about The Aeneid. ...more
Walter Bowne
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little much summary (which helped a lot), but not enough analysis. But we're talking The Aeneid. Depth of character... not there. So not really Dr. Vandiver's fault. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need 200 more lectures from Elizabeth Vandiver please.
Tom Baikin-O'hayon
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative and interesting, after this I had to run and read the book again.
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
This is a superbly presented and thorough introduction to Virgil's Aeneid. Professor Vandiver's scholarship and enthusiasm for her subject make her course of a dozen lectures a pleasure to listen to. Though I translated Book IV at school and was awarded a translation of the Aeneid as a prize exactly 50 years ago, I haven't read any Virgil since. These lectures helped me pass the time valuably during two recent three hour car journeys and have reacquainted me with Virgil. They have even encourage ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Iliad and Odyssey had followers and the most prominent sequel was Vergil's Aeneid, which took escaping Aeneas, hero of Trojan war of nonwinnig side, and his people, and described his exploits. The text was dissected in lectures as wellas its historic and cultural background. ...more
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This course is very good, but you must know the Aeneid to fully appreciate the lectures -- or at least read the chapters ahead of listening to the specific lecture.
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Elizabeth Vandiver is Associate Professor of Classics and Clement Biddle Penrose Professor of Latin at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She was formerly Director of the Honors Humanities program at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she also taught in the Department of Classics. She completed her undergraduate work at Shimer College and went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. ...more

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