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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381785202467 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see almost 800 archaeology/ancient history books and 500 authentic ancient artifacts on our eBay store! Virgil: The Aeneidl, Translated by John W. Mackail. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 213 pages. Publisher: Borders Classics; (2004). In Aeneas, the quintessential epic of Roman antiquity, a work with deep roots in the Homeric tradition, Virgil created the most powerful figure in Latin literature, the dutiful yet fallible Trojan prince who overcomes war, suffering and countless setbacks to lay the foundations of the Roman race. Aeneas, a Trojan hero, abandons his captured city, taking his father and little son. His destiny is to found Rome and father the Roman race. While journeying to Italy, Aeneas must prove his capability for his illustrious task. He battles terrifying storms in the Mediterranean, encounters the fearsome Cyclops, falls in love with charismatic Dido, Queen of Carthage, enters the Underworld, and wages war in Italy, Virgil's "Aeneid", thrilling, terrifying and moving, has inspired numerous artists, writers and musicians, including Dante, Milton, Purcell, and Turner. It falls to every generation to translate anew the great classics which are woven into the fabric of our Western tradition. Virgil has always had the fortune of attracting as translators fellow poets. It is in succession to Dryden and William Morris that C. Day Lewis, himself a distinguished poet and now Professor of Poetry at Oxford, has written this modern version of "The Aeneid". C. Day Lewis has evolved a long, loosely flowing line which catches the subtleties, the taut vigor, and the sweep of Virgil's verse. The power of such a translation is to be measured not only in the great "set pieces" with which "The Aeneid" glitters, but also in the furthering of the whole movement of the poem and in its revelation of the philosophy sustaining it. Judged by such standards, Professor Day Lewis' new translation stands out as wholly admirable. In this, their own version, readers of the present day will find the beauty, the nobility, the excitement, and the humanity which make "The Aeneid" one of the great poems of the world. CONDITION: Unblemished except VERY slight edgewear (including a crease at the top edge of the backside) and rubbing to dustjacket (dustjacket is gloss black and so shows rub marks very easily merely from being shelved between other books). Very minimal wear consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, etc.). Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: Virgin (Publius Vergilius Maro) was born on the Ides of October in 70 B.C. at Andes, near Mantua. He studied philosophy at the school of Siro, the Epicurean. His first published work was the "Eclogues" in 37 B.C., and in 29 B.C. he completed the "Georgics". From that time until his death he worked on "The Aeneid", which was published posthumously. He died at Brundisium in 19 B.C. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world, and literature as well. Virgil's "Aeneid" is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism--the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling and the force of fate--that has influenced writers for over 2,000 years. Filled with drama, passion, and the universal pathos that only a masterpiece can express. "The Aeneid" is a book for all the time and all people. REVIEW: A brilliant translation; the only one since Dryden which reads like English verse and conveys some of the majesty and pathos of the original. A modern poetic translation of "The Aeneid" by distinguished poet and Oxford Professor C. Day Lewis. Present day readers will find all the beauty, nobility, excitement and humanity of the original in this masterful English version. REVIEW: "I sing of warfare, and a man at war". Virgil's great epic depicting the fall of Troy and the founding of the Roman Empire captures the reader's imagination and heart. Scenes are filled with human drama, such as the opening of the Trojan Horse and the sacking of Troy, the grief and suicide of Dido, and the final battle between Aeneas and Turnus. This is a long way from student struggles with " Arma virumque cano". READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Roman society was enamored of Greek culture. Many of the best "Roman" things were Greek. The major gods were derivative of the Greek pantheon; philosophy, literature, science, political ideals, architecture; all this was adopted from the Greeks. It makes sense that, at the point of their ascendancy in the world, they would long for an epic history similar to the Homeric legends; the Iliad and the Odyssey, written some 500 years after the actual events they depict, tell of the heroism of the Greeks in their battle against Troy (Ilium). The Aeneid, written by Vergil 700 years after Homer, at the commission of Augustus (himself in the process of consolidating his authority over Rome), turns the heroic victory of the much-admired Greeks on its head by postulating a survivor from Troy, Aeneas, who undergoes as journey akin to the Odyssey, even further afield. Virgil constructs Aeneas, a very minor character in the Iliad, as the princely survivor and pilgrim from Troy, on a journey through the Mediterranean in search of a new home. According to Fitzgerald, who wrote a brief postscript to the poem, Virgil created a Homeric hero set in a Homeric age, purposefully following the Iliad and Odyssey as if they were formula, in the way that many a Hollywood director follows the formulaic pattern of past successful films. Virgil did not create the Trojan legend of Roman origins, but his poem solidified the notion in popular and scholarly sentiment. Virgil sets the seeds for future animosity between Carthage and Rome in the Aeneid, too, the curse of queen Dido on the descendants of Aeneas of never-ending strife played into then-recent recollections of war in the Roman mind. Books I through VI are much more studied than VII through XII, but the whole of the Aeneid is a spectacular tale. Virgil died before he could complete the story. He wished it to be burned; fortunately, Augustus had other ideas. Still, there are incomplete lines and thoughts, and occasional conflicts in the storyline that one assumes might have been worked out in the end, had more editing time been available. Despite these, the Aeneid remains a masterpiece. REVIEW: I read this poem because I love the Iliad so much, and this one does not disappoint. It is an epic poem that covers the time immediately after the Trojan War. This poem again reaffirms why Virgil was the greatest poet ancient Rome ever produced. In it we see the ancient gods and are privy to all their inner strife and political aspirations (it's not that much different from the present day). We get a description of the Great Trojan War as told by Aeneas. We also see the love that blossoms between Aeneas and Dido, but even with that Aeneas knows that his destiny will lead him elsewhere. He must go to the western coast of Italy. We see as he is inexorably drawn to this part of his life. It's difficult to do a review of great literature because one knows one can't improve on perfection. Those interested in the Trojan War and some great literature surrounding it should definitely include this epic on their reading list. REVIEW: The reason why Virgil wanted this book destroyed after his death was because he felt it was unfinished. But there is very little that should be added. There are a couple of very minor plot holes (such as how did the Trojans built their fortress in Italy so quickly?) that Virgil had not fully polished yet, but who cares? The story is amazing, and unlike the Iliad or the Odyssey, the gods don't interfere in each and every small thing that happens, which was annoying in those books. If you liked the Iliad and Odyssey, you will love the Aeneid. Consider it like a sequel. You find out what happened to certain characters like Andromache, Helenus or Diomedes after the Trojan War. I just can't recommend this book enough, and it's impossible to put its greatness into a few words. Why a movie version has never been made, I will never know, but maybe that's a blessing, because I shudder to think of the damage a Hollywood version would do to the image of the book. REVIEW: The point of this poem is to celebrate Roman qualities and to promote Roman patriotism. Roman civilization has a lot of strong and beneficial qualities that are still of use to us today. After all, about 70% of our language is Roman, and our culture even though Anglo-Saxon based, is so highly influenced by Rome that the old Germanic elements are often paid little attention. In fact, the Germanic element of our English-speaking heritage has been mostly overlooked since the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Romans had many noble qualities and this story culls them all together in one man: Aeneas. Aeneas is very much like the Maximus character portrayed in the film 'Gladiator' and Artorius in 'King Arthur': enduring, brave, noble, honest, kind. These qualities are always refreshing to read about and well worth emulating in our own day to day lives even if we don't express them to each other at home and at work in highly polished Latin or English verses. Later generations of English felt there was more worth emulating in their old foe, Rome, than in their own inherited Germanic culture, which they looked down on as barbaric and crude. In fact, the British Empire modeled itself self-consciously on Rome. This poem has never stopped being read from the time it was first written and was as important a part of Medieval culture as it was of Imperial Roman. Many of our ideas of Knighthood owe their inspiration to this poem of Virgil's. Virgil writes in a highly compact and polite style reflecting the polished culture of his times. He celebrates Rome's divine mission as civilizer of the world. He weaves in what was the best of Roman culture into his tale to create an ideal portrait of the ideal Roman man. In this web is all the Greek lore and philosophical speculation side by side with the belief in a divine King inherited from the fusion of Greek and Eastern cultures known to us as the Hellenistic world. Rome here is an ideal society composed at once of Greek scientific and moral thought and Near-Eastern monarchy decorated with Greek art and native Italian legends. What the Greeks lacked in stability, the Italians in culture, and the East in learning, Rome would supply by combining them all into one global realm. Rome is to provide the shelter under which civilization can flourish: that is her mission. To lead this mission are required brave leaders and warriors, of which Aeneas and his followers are the ideal and the Emperor and Roman elite the reality. At the time of writing, Rome was seen as the greatest political unit that had ever existed, and none of this was lost on the author of this nation's greatest poem. Virgil was thus writing in his intent the greatest nation's greatest poem, and by logical deduction therefore the finest work of literature ever written. On his deathbed Virgil apparently felt he had overdone his theme and requested the book to be burned, but it was far too valuable a piece of praise for the 'divine' Emperor for it to be allowed to be destroyed. Far from being obliterated, its verses were recited all the way to the far corners of the Empire, and were still being sung without cease, the living words remaining long after the Empire itself collapsed. The ideal of Rome told in this story, of a Roman 'Camelot' of sorts, has inspired countless readers with cloudy dreams of nobility and glory ever since, and has made even those who can in no way call themselves Roman to want to identify with that culture: and not the least of these admirers would be the English-speaking world. This is a tale to inspire the legions and every Roman with a brave sense of duty and mission "to teach the ways of peace to the conquered, to spare the defeated, tame the proud". This tale of divine monarchy, Greek art and Roman spirit was to formulate what it means to be a Roman, and to delineate the basic principles of the Roman way of life. Virgil's tale is pure magic when understood in this light. This is not just another fictional novel, and should not be read as such; it is rather the very essence of Rome. We are of course not Romans, and our language, even if now containing a great many Roman words, is still in its essence Germanic (about 65% of written English is Anglo-Saxon): the language of the tribes that resisted Roman expansion and later invaded its provinces, such as Britannia, and drove the Romans before them. The English language inevitably therefore lends an English mindset to the poem when translated. Here is Rome's national epic, proudly presented, in the language of her conquerors. REVIEW: This is a very good English verse rendering of Virgil's classic. If you like epic poetry but can't read classical languages this translation is probably the next best thing. Though nothing compares to the original this is a faithful translation, and the verse makes for a more interesting presentation than prose. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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