Aeneid

(Wordsworth Classics)

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This is the first major single-volume edition in English of Book IX of Virgil's Aeneid, a pivotal part of the poem that contains the nocturnal interlude of the ill-fated expedition of the young Trojans Nisus and Euryalus. The volume includes a detail ...Continua
Ha scritto il 04/03/13
Much better than the original Iliad and Oddisey
Read my review in Spanish here: http://bit.ly/161XNXO
I did like this one much better than the original Greek poems. This is the roman version of the Iliad and the Oddisey. Virgil wisely took the best of the heroes, and added some qualities that
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Ha scritto il 09/08/10
Virgil's The Aeneid is similar to Homer's Odyssey.
Ha scritto il 02/08/08
A very different book from what we usually read
I read it with minimum understanding of ancient Roman history and culture, 30 years after last having studied something similar in school.

The first clear result is: yes you can read epics with your standard contemporary reader's mind and it d

The first clear result is: yes you can read epics with your standard contemporary reader's mind and it does make quite some sense - see two lessons in Italian culture below.

As a very unartistic fellow, I missed much of the aesthetic beauty and felt in awe of the epic propaganda effort that's how you sanction a people's superiority and roots by making up a myth and bolstering it with thousands of lines.
With hindsight, it may be better for those who understand even a basic Latin to read it in double version, so one can capture a few of the most impressive phrases in the original.

Two points struck me as uncannily capturing what is Italian culture to this day:
- Aenea's apology to Dido - "yes, I am leaving you after eternal love promises, and after you fell for it as a jerk, but it's somebody else's fault - and I would marry you if I could, and I never quite promised anything anyway"
- at the end of the athletic games, losers generously cheat to help their friends win against other winners, then each player takes parts according to self interest, finally additional prizes are given to those cheated to keep the everybody happy and the party going. ...Continua


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