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The Aeneid (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Sep 2008
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Along their journey, the Trojans are washed up in a storm at Carthage, where Queen Dido falls in love with Aeneas. The episode ends tragically for the queen when Aeneas is commanded by the gods to continue his journey to the shores of the river Tiber, near what later becomes Rome. His welcome in Italy is short-lived. King Latinus offers him his daughter Lavinia in marriage, but Queen Amata prefers the local suitor, Turnus. Three mighty battles ensue, which Virgil describes in all their blood and gore. Aeneas' victory paves the way for his marriage to Lavinia and the foundation of the line of the Julii, whose descendants include Julius Caesar and Virgil's patron Augustus. The Aenid is an elaborate but entertaining justification of Augustus' reign and the violence he deployed to establish a peaceful empire.
I would suggest you read it as a novel and let it wash over you rather than trying work out who everyone is as you go.
To be honest if Virgil was still alive I would seriously complain to him about this story; not for the content, but for the fact that it ended too soon.
The translation is easy to follow and does not seem to follow the poetic prose of many classical translations. You do need to get into a flow though as it doesn't seem to follow normal grammar rules. Possibly the best I have read for quite a few years.
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