The Aeneid

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byVirgilTranslated byJohn DrydenEditorFrederick M. Keener

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The famed translation by the greatest literary figure of Restoration England

Virgil's epic vividly recounts Aeneas's tortuous journey after the Trojan War and the struggles he faced as he lay the foundations for the greatest continental empire. Rendered into a vigorous and refined English by the most important man of letters of the seventeenth century, this translation of the Aeneid "set a new, august standard so influential as to be epochal." For his version, John Dryden drew on the deep understanding of political unrest he had acquired during the Civil Wars of 1642-51 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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The idea of government propaganda is not reserved to modern society and modern media outlets. You can look back as far back as 19 BC to see one of the most lyrical and effective examples of this. Virgil's Aeneid isn't just one of the most beautiful epic poems ever written, it was also a pivotal instrument to expansionism during the rei...

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The famed translation by the greatest literary figure of Restoration England Virgil's epic vividly recounts Aeneas's tortuous journey after the Trojan War and the struggles he faced as he lay the foundations for the greatest continental empire. Rendered into a vigorous and refined English by the most important man of letters of the sev...

Virgil, born in 70 B.C., is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Aeneid. He earned great favor 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 th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.8 × 5.11 × 1.13 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140446273

ISBN - 13:9780140446272

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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The idea of government propaganda is not reserved to modern society and modern media outlets. You can look back as far back as 19 BC to see one of the most lyrical and effective examples of this. Virgil's Aeneid isn't just one of the most beautiful epic poems ever written, it was also a pivotal instrument to expansionism during the reign of Caesar Augustus. The exciting tale of the hero Aeneas' adventures through Italy on his way to fulfil his destiny and found Rome encouraged the citizens of Rome to join their emperor on his rampages through Europe. This classic translation by John Dryden retains the poetry of Virgil's original while allowing modern readers to grasp the allusions and imagery.

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"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come."--New York Review of Books"From the beginning to the end of this English poem...the reader will find the same sure control of English rhythms, the same deft phrasing, and an energy which urges the eye onward."--The New Republic"A rendering that is both marvelously readable and scrupulously faithful.... Fitzgerald has managed, by a sensitive use of faintly archaic vocabulary and a keen ear for sound and rhythm, to suggest the solemnity and the movement of Virgil's poetry as no previous translator has done (including Dryden).... This is a sustained achievement of beauty and power."--Boston Globe