The Aeneid by Virgil
Translated by Robert Fagles
Robert Fagles, whose acclaimed translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, brings the Aeneid to a new generation of readers, retaining all of the gravitas and humanity of the original Latin as well as its powerful blend of poetry and myth.
Aeneas was a Trojan hero, the son of the prince Anchises and the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Fleeing the ashes of Troy, he begins an incredible journey to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. Tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods, Aeneas voyage takes him through stormy seas. He becomes entangled in a tragic love affair. He is also lured into the world of the dead. itself–all the way . Ultimately, he reaches the promised land of Italy where, after bloody battles and with high hopes, he founds what will become the Roman empire. An unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid redefines passion, nobility, and courage for our times.
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About The Author Virgil
Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 B.C.), known as Virgil, was born near Mantua in the last days of the Roman Republic. In his comparatively short life he became the supreme poet of his age, whose Aeneid gave the Romans a great national epic equal to the Greeks’, celebrating their city’s origins and the creation of their empire. Virgil is also credited with authoring two other major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues and the Georgics.
Robert Fagles (1933-2008) was Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. His translations include Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus’s Oresteia (nominated for a National Book Award), Homer’s Iliad, Homer’s Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid.