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The Aeneid (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Virgil , Robert Fagles
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26 July 2007 Penguin Classics
The Aeneid is a sweeping epic of arms and heroism and a searching portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and the force of his own destiny. Here, Fagles brings to life the timeless journey of Aeneas - Achilles’ erstwhile foe - as he flees the ashes of Troy to found the Roman people and change forever the course of the Western world.

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140455388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140455380
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,427 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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aA new and noble standard bearer . . . Thereas a capriciousness to Faglesas line well suited to this vast storyas ebb and flow.a
a"The New York Times Book Review" (front page review)
aFaglesas new version of Virgilas epic delicately melds the stately rhythms of the original to a contemporary cadence. . . . He illuminates the poemas Homeric echoes while remaining faithful to Virgilas distinctive voice.a
a"The New Yorker"
aRobert Fagles gives the full range of Virgilas drama, grandeur, and pathos in vigorous, supple modern English. It is fitting that one of the great translators of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" in our times should also emerge as a surpassing translator of "The Aeneid,"a
aJ. M. Coetzee

About the Author

Virgil, born in 70 BC, is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Aeneid.

Robert Fagles has been awarded the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His acclaimed verse translations include Sophocles' Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus' Oresteia, Homer's Iliad and Homer's Odyssey.

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Wars and a man I sing—an exile driven on by Fate, he was the first to flee the coast of Troy, destined to reach Lavinian shores and Italian soil, yet many blows he took on land and sea from the gods above— thanks to cruel Juno's relentless rage—and many losses he bore in battle too, before he could found a city, bring his gods to Latium, source of the Latin race, the Alban lords and the high walls of Rome. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the civilised reader/listener 1 Nov 2009
By William
Format:Audio CD
It is about Aeneas, but there are two others who must be mentioned.

First there is Paul Scofield, whose wonderful voice enriches this telling of the story immensely. At times you hardly notice him, as he lets the poetry do its own work. But then you realise how his grasp of the cadences of Virgil's poetry and his ability to bring out the meaning, where the dense classical text in translation can be demanding, makes this a real pleasure to listen to.

Then there is Virgil. Others will know more of him than I did, but for me it was striking how the character from Dante: Inferno (Penguin Classics)now made so much more sense. He tells a story sad and powerful. In fact there are several stories. First he follows on from Homer and picks up the story of the The Iliad (Penguin Classics) describing the fate of Troy. Then he tells us the wonderful story of Dido and Aeneas. I stopped at this point to listen to Purcell - Dido and Aeneas. This is where I knew that Virgil could tell it how it is. Then there is the descent into the underworld, prefiguring Dante, and last is the account of the foundation of Rome, looking ahead to the Caesars and many others.

If you want to join the dots in the classical world, this is the book. If you want to get the power of the spoken tale, then it would be hard to do better than listen to Paul Scofield.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing epic alive! 6 Aug 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
This recording really brings alive the elegant translation by C. Day Lewis. It features Paul Scofield, Jill Balcon, Toby Stephens, Stephen Thorne, Geraldine Fitzgerald and John McAndrew. It is a joy to hear the beautiful, unhurried declamation of the actors who narrate the story and play the various characters. Full justice is given to the drama and the force of the poetry, especially the similes. This version is abridged, omitting most of Books III and V and all of Books VIII, IX, X and XI. The accompanying notes give a resume of all the books, so anyone not familiar with the epic is not left in the dark. There is also a helpful piece about the poem and brief details about the actors. The music from Fanelli's 'Symphonic Pictures' sets the atmosphere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pity it's abridged! 12 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
It's not clear from the front cover that this is an abridged version so potential purchasers need to realise that these four discs make major cuts,
though mercifully few to Book II. What's also not clear that this is the wonderful C Day Lewis translation which brings everything to life with vividness
and conviction.... 'and the bronze accoutrements winking' is one of the few infelicitous phrases that remind you this is a translation, not simply
the most exciting narrative poem you've ever heard. Elsewhere, Day Lewis's words are wonderfully transparent: you simply find yourself reliving Aeneas's adventures.

Paul Scofield, although he sounds slightly inebriated and is possibly sight-reading, has wonderful gravitas as the narrator: a pity Naxos didn't persuade him to narrate Paradise Lost. Jill Balcon (C. Day Lewis's widow) and Geraldine Fitzgerald are first-class in the women's roles and Toby Stephens is impressive as a suitably ardent and youthful Aeneas.

A magnificent set which leaves one wanting more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Aeneid 6 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
If it is time travelling that you want, this is for you. Virgil's epic is trully engaging and compelling. With a weenie-bit of imagination will you be able to see Troy and the many journeys across the seas to reach a new land, the struggle of the Lydians and their arrival in Etruria!
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