'The most truthful translation ever, conveying as many nuances and whispers as are possible from the original' The TimesAfter a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote the Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising his legendary ancestor Aeneas.
As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, the Aeneid also set out to provide Rome with a literature equal to that of Greece.
It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven-year journey: to Carthage, where he falls tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld,; and finally to Italy, where he founds Rome.
It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as 'the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man'. Translated with an Introduction by DAVID WEST
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/03/2003
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780140449327
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