As the victorious Greeks sack and burn the city of Troy, few Trojans escape the ensuing blood-bath. Aeneas – a distant relation to the slaughtered King Priam – manages to cut his way out and save: himself, his father, and his young son. Rallying together some few dispossessed Trojans, they escape by sea: seeking a new homeland.
Wandering the Mediterranean – and subject to the varying whimsies of the Olympian gods – Aeneas eventually makes landfall in Italia: only to encouter more enemies than allies.
- What mysteries – what future events – will be revealed to Aeneas: if he consents to be guided into the depths of the underworld? And will he return to the land of the living?
- Can Aeneas – after so much warfare – even succeed in carving out for himself and his followers a homeland? To put down the sword and spear and take up instead the scythe and the plow?
Want to know more?
- Read Dryden’s rhymed verse translation here.
- Listen to the audiobook here.
- Compare Morris’ rhymed verse translation here.
- Compare Taylor’s rhymed verse translation here.