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Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
Expell'd and ...
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Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc'd by fate,
And haughty Juno's unrelenting hate,
Expell'd and exil'd, left the Trojan shore.
Long labors, both by sea and land, he bore,
And in the doubtful war, before he won
The Latian realm, and built the destin'd town;
His banish'd gods restor'd to rites divine,
And settled sure succession in his line,
From whence the race of Alban fathers come,
And the long glories of majestic Rome.
O Muse! the causes and the crimes relate;
What goddess was provok'd, and whence her hate;
For what offense the Queen of Heav'n began
To persecute so brave, so just a man;
Involv'd his anxious life in endless cares,
Expos'd to wants, and hurried into wars!
Can heav'nly minds such high resentment show,
Or exercise their spite in human woe?
Against the Tiber's mouth, but far away,
An ancient town was seated on the sea;
A Tyrian colony; the people made
Stout for the war, and studious of their trade:
Carthage the name; belov'd by Juno more
Than her own Argos, or the Samian shore.
Here stood her chariot; here, if Heav'n were kind,
The seat of awful empire she design'd.
Yet she had heard an ancient rumor fly,
(Long cited by the people of the sky,)
That times to come should see the Trojan race
Her Carthage ruin, and her tow'rs deface;
Nor thus confin'd, the yoke of sov'reign sway
Should on the necks of all the nations lay.
She ponder'd this, and fear'd it was in fate;
Nor could forget the war she wag'd of late
For conqu'ring Greece against the Trojan state.
Besides, long causes working in her mind,
And secret seeds of envy, lay behind;
Deep graven in her heart the doom remain'd
Of partial Paris, and her form disdain'd;
The grace bestow'd on ravish'd Ganymed,
Electra's glories, and her injur'd bed.
Each was a cause alone; and all combin'd
To kindle vengeance in her haughty mind.
For this, far distant from the Latian coast
She drove the remnants of the Trojan host;
And sev'n long years th' unhappy wand'ring train
Were toss'd by storms, and scatter'd thro' the main.
Such time, such toil, requir'd the Roman name,
Such length of labor for so vast a frame.
Now scarce the Trojan fleet, with sails and oars,
Had left behind the fair Sicilian shores,
Ent'ring with cheerful shouts the wat'ry reign,
And plowing frothy furrows in the main;
When, lab'ring still with endless discontent,
The Queen of Heav'n did thus her fury vent:
"Then am I vanquish'd? must I yield?" said she,
"And must the Trojans reign in Italy?
So Fate will have it, and Jove adds his force;
Nor can my pow'r divert their happy course.
Could angry Pallas, with revengeful spleen,
The Grecian navy burn, and drown the men?
She, for the fault of one offending foe,
The bolts of Jove himself presum'd to throw:
With whirlwinds from beneath she toss'd the ship,
And bare expos'd the bosom of the deep;
Then, as an eagle gripes the trembling game,
The wretch, yet hissing with her father's flame,
She strongly seiz'd, and with a burning wound
Transfix'd, and naked, on a rock she bound.
But I, who walk in awful state above,
The majesty of heav'n, the sister wife of Jove,
For length of years my fruitless force employ
Against the thin remains of ruin'd Troy!
What nations now to Juno's pow'r will pray,
Or off'rings on my slighted altars lay?"
Thus rag'd the goddess; and, with fury fraught.
The restless regions of the storms she sought,
Where, in a spacious cave of living stone,
The tyrant Aeolus, from his airy throne,
With pow'r imperial curbs the struggling winds,
And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds.
This way and that th' impatient captives tend,
And, pressing for release, the mountains rend.
High in his hall th' undaunted monarch stands,
And shakes his scepter, and their rage commands;
Which did he not, their unresisted sway
Would sweep the world before them in their way;
Earth, air, and seas thro' empty space would roll,
And heav'n would fly before the driving soul.
In fear of this, the Father of the Gods
Confin'd their fury to those dark abodes,
And lock'd 'em safe within, oppress'd with mountain loads;
Impos'd a king, with arbitrary sway,
To loose their fetters, or their force allay.
To whom the suppliant queen her pray'rs address'd,
And thus the tenor of her suit express'd:
"O Aeolus! for to thee the King of Heav'n
The pow'r of tempests and of winds has giv'n;
Thy force alone their fury can restrain,
And smooth the waves, or swell the troubled main-
A race of wand'ring slaves, abhorr'd by me,
With prosp'rous passage cut the Tuscan sea;
To fruitful Italy their course they steer,
And for their vanquish'd gods design new temples there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781149961117
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 574
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.16 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    The star rating is arbitrary...read on.

    Just so we're all clear: the following customer reviews address different translations, not the Hackett publication on this page. I haven't read Lombardo's translation of the Aeneid, but I have read some of his translations of other texts and they were great...His voice is very modern and readable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    This review refers to the translation by C.H. Sisson.

    As you can see, there are many translations of The Aeneid out there. Most are in paperback, some are in hardcover. I first read The Aeneid from a second-hand paperback book, and years later decided to buy a hardcover translation to put on my bookshelf between my Homer and Horace hardcovers. Given only meager descriptions of The Aeneid hardcovers available from B&N, I more or less blindly chose the translation by C.H. Sisson. The book was advertised as having been published in 1995, but the book itself gave a copywright of 1986. The introduction is barely five pages long, and there are no notes or illustrations or a glossary. The dust jacket is rust in color and rather plain. The dimensions of the book itself is: 8 3/4' tall, 5 3/4' wide, and about 1 1/8' thick. I found the book to be smaller than my other hardcovers, which for some reason bothers me. I hope this description helps you, the potential buyer, in making your decision, as I wish I had this information when I selected. Book stores on the web are great, even superior to 'real' stores in many aspects, but sometimes we need more than just a photo (if we even have that)and non-descriptive info, especially when the only reviews are applied to every translation of a classical work. You may be thinking this reviewer needs to stop worrying about the sizes of books and get out of the house more. But for some of us, we want to know what a book looks like, to find the most attractive copy of a literary classic to place on our bookshelves. You know who you are. The bottom line, however, is whether you get this translation, a worn-out paperback edition, a book from a library, or any other competent translation of Virgil's masterpiece, you will have a great work to read and enjoy. And you get a longer bang for your buck if it looks good on your bookshelf after you finish it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Ignore the figure

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Blaze bio

    Looks...brown and white calico she cat with amber eyes...
    Personality...kind loyal and secretive...
    Age...unknown to anyone but herself...
    Crush...also unknown to anyone but herself...
    mate/kits...nada...
    Other...just ask..she might claw your ears off if you push her around too much. Just fyi.( :

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    Maroons Biography

    Name: wait a sec. Who cares?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    &infin Fluttershy's Bio! &infin

    Name: *suspicious glare* <p> Nicknames: Fluts, Flutter, and (ONE time...) Poneh. <p> Age: Pineapple. Der. <p> Gender: &female <p> Looks: She's light, dandilion yellow with blue-green eyes and longish fur. <p> Mate: Armageddon <p> Kits: Adder (fathered by Burninghate (he force.mated Flutter)) <br> NOTE: She has others who are adopted. <p> Kin: Khoni (Mother, Rouge) <br> Blaze (Brother, Rouge) <br> Dashing: (Brother, Rouge) <br> Spottedpaw (Sister, ThunderClan) <p> History: Ask meh. <p> Personlity: Meet me! :3 <p> Theme Song: 'Discord' by The Living Tombstone <p> BAI

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    Ebony's Nicknames (New Edition! Coolyo!)

    Nickynamiys: Ebs, Eb, possibly Ebaneiser, Ebidable, Ebbie, Ebone, and Ebls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Bio of the mighty Toxic

    Name: *blank stare* <p> Age: 6 moons (random fact about the number six; it comes after the number five, and you can add up may different numbers to make it! Examples: 2 + 4, 3 + 3) <p> Gender &male and I am NOT gonna prove it. Perv. <p> Looks: shaggy white pelt, with coal black stripes on each of his legs, and three, count 'em, three horizontal gray stripes the run along his back, starting at his shoulders and ending at the base of his tail. His eyes are a bright, kingly violet, with darker violet speckles. <p> Personality: natural born leader, bold, sometimes sarcastic (okay, a lot of the time), and full of courage. Always up for any adventure and will dive into danger head-on without looking back. <p> Family: Seven (mother), Virus (father), Vitani (sister), Savvy (sister), Serval (brother), Toxin (grandfather). <p> Friends: well I just got here, but... I'd definitely say that Seven and Swift (Swufteh I'm sorreh! I promised I'd only ever call you by your nickname, but I lied :3) are my two best friends here. I hope to add to this list and include each and every one of you :D <p> <br> Baiii for now! *huggles and throws around white fundip* #Glosseh4ever #feedme

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Fyrefoxs bio

    Name seriously age old enough looks black with blue patterns that look like fire hobbies fishing hunting questions ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    ♧ Wind's Bio Point Somfin/Somfin♧

    Name: Still same.<p>Age: 28 moons<p>La Looks: White with irregular grey stripes that make her fur look windblown, Stormy blue eyes with flecks of stormy grey. She has a shimmery dark blue collar with a shiny silver star charm that is about 1" by 1"<p>Strengths: Great tree climber, or used to be (leg is broken), sympathetic, and great with herbs.<p>Weaknesses: Sympathy, great with herbs (it got her leg broken-longish story), and loves kits.<p>Herstory: She and her sister, Ebony, had dislikes, and after Ebony ran away, she went after her. Today, River got mad that Wind had herbs like a med cat and threw her against a tree, breaking her leg. (I dont care what chu say, River!)<p>Likes: honey, flowers<p>Dislikes: randomness (not the cat!) and River (the cat)<p>Favorite Thing: Honey<p>Theme Song: God's Not Dead by Newsboys<p>siggy: &#9831 <p>Ciao for now! ~Wind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Glowingtigers bio redo

    Ill do it later

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    Convergence bio (Redo xd)

    My name is Convergence. I was originally "nameless" but someone was kind enough to bestow this lovely name upon me. *0* I am an age between 1 and 100 o.o I like most people. Most. I am a shecat with black fur and silver paws. I have electric blue eyes. I know nothing of my history.. I have been alone for as long as I can remember. This clan I can honestly say has been the best. I was in one before, but nothing like this. Most told me not to come here because it was full of terrible things. I completely disagree. (Liarrsss) I have great respect for the leader and my clanmates. I can be a bit crazy sometimes, especially if I know you well. I only have one friend here... at least thats what I think. If I love you, I would do anything for you. I would totally get you the moon if you asked but I can't reach it. CURSE YOU ARMS XD I have never had a mate or kits. Haven't had any real crushes, either. It's all good though! #SinglePringle I can be loving so here is a hug. *gives you a hug* But always keep in mind... I will BITE YO FACE O,..,O

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Reaper's Bio

    <p> [Holy jebus, man! All you peeps are so high-tech! My bio's gonna suck. -__-] </p>
    <p> Reaper </p>
    <p> 13 moons old </p>
    <p> Feirce, can be kind, tempermental[Yo,I has gots issues. Stay back.], encouraging, loyal. </p>
    <p> No kin </p>
    <p> No mate, kits, but a crush on N - nevermind. </p>
    <p> No important history </p>
    <p> He has a small, thick banded, gold hoop earing in his right ear, and a worn leather collar that has a curling, black and silver metal feather dangling from it. </p>
    <p> He is a muscular, deep dark brown, long furred tabby tom. He has brilliant green eyes with gold fleck and streaks in the irises, long front fangs, and long, thick claws. </p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    ☺ Tiemiy the Bodybuilder ☺

    Name~> Flickerbag Scumballs! Naw, it's Tiemiy. <p>

    Nicknamers~> Tiemiy-Rhymey, Tii-tii, Ti-to-the-em-to-the-iy <p>

    Pronunctiation~> Aw. You're cute! It's (Ti-em-y). <p>

    Age~> Holy. Moli. Guacamoli. Are you sassin' me, punk? I'mma WOMAN! You don't ask a woman her age. *flips hair dramatically* <p>

    Gender~> It's oubvious. I think you know I am a girl. Woman. Chick. Babe. Lady. Female. Femme. &female<_>. Any of those. <p>

    Lookies~> Blind kitty. Nununuh nununuh. 'Cos you're a blind kitty. Nununuh nununuh. Okie. Here goes. White. Gingah streaks. Bright blue eyes. Lithe. Strong. DUHR. <p>

    Persona~> Meet moi. Meeeeeeettt moooooiiii. I hate repititionitionitionition. :\ <p>

    Friendiis~> Ohkhaye. Nobody else. :'( <p>

    Crush~> Yes. Paradox. Shut your piehole. <p>

    Mate~> No. Nonononononononononononono. I'mma so annoying. <p>

    Kits~> What. Do. You. Think? <p>

    Song~> 'Shake it Off' by Taylor the Swift girl. <p>

    Signature~> Tiemiy \-/ <p>

    Siggy~> &#9787 <p>

    OOC: <br>
    Rper: OVv3! &#x5678 <p>

    (*-*) <br>
    (___\\ <br>
    -|--|---------/ /--- <br>
    _________________ <br>
    Bird on a stick. <p>

    Bai.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Platii3

    I realized that Prism and Platinum aren't actually friends, just RPer-RPer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    簻 Platinum's Bio 1.4 簻

    Alright! For easy reference, l'm going to not do the funny shtuff this time. Sowwy! <br>
    <p>
    Name- Platinum <br>
    <p>
    Nicknames- Plat, Platii, Plattii, Nummy, Platinun (typo mispell) <br>
    <p>
    Age- Not old, but not too young <br>
    <p>
    Gender- &female <br>
    <p>
    Looks- Dark grey with lighter grey chest and paws. One toe on a paw is almost white. Very dark blue eyes, almost navy. She has a scar on her stomach and ear, pressumably battle wounds. <br>
    <p>
    Personality- Stubborn, Often Irritated/ing, Bossy, Co<_>cky, Willfull. Also Kind, Funny, Strange, and Just Plain Cool (JPC) <br>
    <p>
    Kin- Parents are unknown. <br>
    Brother is Silverfang, or Silv. <br>
    Sisters-in-law are Mint, Shatter, Nightsky, Pikapower, Dream or Night or something, to name a few. <br>
    Nieces/Nephews- Silv's kits. <br>
    <p>
    History- When Platinum was still nursing, her mother kept er in a rabbit burrow. By the time Platinum was weened, her mother abandoned her. She lived as a loner then, never seeking friendship or companionship. Finally, her brother Silverfang found her and convinced her to join Bloodclan. <br>
    <p>
    Crush- Quasi <br>
    <p>
    Mate- Quasi <br>
    <p>
    Kits- Verdigris (&male), and Vermillion (&male) <br>
    <p>
    Birthday- March 28 (day BEFORE my real birthday) <br>
    <p>
    Fave Candy- Hershey's Cookies 'N' Cream, Reeses, Twix, KitKat, Snickers, Milky Way, or anything chocolate. Oh, and White Fundip (dying... ;[) ) <br>
    <p>
    Friends- Swift, Quasi, Randeh (more RPer-RPer), and Prism's RPer <br>
    <p>
    Siggy- &#31803 <br>
    <p>
    Other- Ask- that's an order. <br>
    <p>
    Baisees!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Randi's History

    Eh. I'll post it later. Somewhere else actually o.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Randi3 (Continued)

    And the bi<_>tch isn't Dissy. :)

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