The Aeneid - Penguin Classics

Revised Edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

'The most truthful translation ever, conveying as many nuances and whispers as are possible from the original' The Times

After 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

Book information

ISBN: 9780140449327
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: Revised Edition
DEWEY: 873.01
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 307
Weight: 272g
Height: 139mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 23mm