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The Aeneid : Penguin Classics - Virgil

The Aeneid

Penguin Classics

By: Virgil

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Published: 29th December 2000
For Ages: 18+ years old
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In this fresh prose translation, W. F. Jackson Knight discusses The Aeneid's impact on Western civilisation and provides a list of variations from the Oxford text.

About The Author

Virgil, born in 70 B.C., is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Aeneid. He earned great favour by portraying Augustus as a descendant of the half-god, half-man Aeneas. Although Virgil swore on his deathbed that The Aeneid was incomplete and unworthy, it has been considered one of the greatest works of Western literature for more than two thousand years.

After giving us perhaps the finest modern versions of Homer (rivaled only by Lattimore), Fitzgerald has now translated a spirited, eloquent, fresh Aeneid - though some will still prefer Allan Mandelbaum's. Fitzgerald has had his eye on Virgil for many years - he edited Dryden's Aeneid, with notes and an expert Introduction, in 1964 - but his own poetic voice is decidedly un-Virgilian: brisk, bold, hearty, a sociable baritone. His irregular pentameters, with continual enjambment, come in great fluid rushes (less "faithful" but more readable than Mandelbaum's slower-paced lines), often making a spring tide of a quiet Virgilian stream. Virgil's discreet rhetorical emphasis sometimes becomes startlingly colloquial: e.g., "Fortune has made a derelict/ Of Sinon, but the bitch/Won't make an empty liar of him, too." And even when Fitzgerald tries to echo the original, he can't help sounding more direct and homespun. Lively rather than exquisite, vigorous and risky, with only a few outright anachronistic clinkers: the most accessible Aeneid (since Dryden, anyway) for a Latin-less modern audience, especially helpful in sustaining readers through the often-wearisome battle scenes in the later books. (Kirkus Reviews)

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Aeneid
One: The Trojans reach Carthage
Two: Aeneas' Narration—The Sack of Troy
Three: Aeneas' Narration continued—His Travels
Four: The Tragedy of Dido
Five: The Funeral Games
Six: The Visit to the Underworld
Seven: War in Latium
Eight: The Site of the Future Rome
Nine: Siege of the Trojan Camp
Ten: The Relief and Pitched Battle
Eleven: Councils of War: Pitched Battle Again
Twelve: Decision: the Death of Turnus
List of Variations from the Oxford Text
Glossary of Names
Select Bibliography
Maps
Genealogical Table of the Royal House of Troy and Greece

ISBN: 9780140440515
ISBN-10: 0140440518
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 29th December 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1