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The Aeneid by Virgil
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Aug 17, 2011

really liked it
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** spoiler alert ** Out of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid, this is my favorite. I was disappointed with the Iliad for not even mentioning the Trojan Horse and annoyed with the Odyssey for its brief allusion to it. It was here in the Aeneid that I actually got to read about the Trojan Horse, the story that I had been looking for all throughout Homer's literary legacy. I also liked its brief continuation of the story of Polyphemus. Dido and her tragic death are a wonderfully human addition to the story. Aeneas's visit to the Underworld is described beautifully; the inspiration for Dante's Inferno is exquisitely apparant. And finally, I love how it ties the all these legends with other legends about the founding of Rome and even some actual historical events. It's a great treasure of the ancient world that we're lucky to still have.

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