The World’s Best English Epic Poetry – Virgil’s Aeneid (in English Translation)

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The world’s best English epic and narrative poetry includes Dryden’s translation of Virgil’s Aeneid.

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?

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Aeneus flees Troy

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