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Gavin Douglas, 'The Aeneid' (1513): 2-Volume Set Paperback


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  • Paperback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907322507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907322501
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,443,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 than two thousand years.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Vallely on 6 Feb 2014
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Thoroughly recommended. The poet/critic Ezra Pound preferred Douglas's translation to Virgil's original! This edition's presentation makes it fairly easy to understand, especially for Scots, with trickier words translated in the margin. The punctuation made consistent and easier to follow helps a lot without feeling "modernised". For someone whose Latin isn't up to reading the original Aeneid without the hassle of a Loeb parallel text and dictionary, this provides a double pleasure of enjoying the Aeneid, along with Douglas's poetry. There's a useful academic introduction. Nicely produced books that are a pleasure to read. I discovered it through Prof Alastair Fowler's TLS review (April 27 2012 No.5691 p.3)which was also good to reread partway through Douglas: this helped me appreciate the poet's approach and artistry, possibly more than the editor's intro. Like Clive James's version of Dante's Divine Comedy, Douglas's text expands and explains quite a lot that might have needed footnotes. Douglas adds Prologues which are poetic bonuses.I find it easier to follow than, for example, the modernist world-wide cultural allusiveness of Pound's Cantos, so it's not that far from modern readers' understanding. Although a Bishop, Douglas had an eventful life, including being imprisoned by a rival, then escaping being ambushed by archers. A classic well worth getting.
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