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The Aeneid: Virgil's Greatest Hits

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The epic poem of the fall of Troy, the heroic journey, battles and loves of Aeneas, and the founding of Rome, by the great Latin poet Virgil -- as translated, condensed, and explained to modern readers by a professor who uses rhyme and a lively presentation to honor the spirit and true intent of Virgil -- without the customary literalism of previous translations.

Epic in every way, this is one of the greatest and most entertaining adventure stories ever told. Millions have read ...

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Overview

The epic poem of the fall of Troy, the heroic journey, battles and loves of Aeneas, and the founding of Rome, by the great Latin poet Virgil -- as translated, condensed, and explained to modern readers by a professor who uses rhyme and a lively presentation to honor the spirit and true intent of Virgil -- without the customary literalism of previous translations.

Epic in every way, this is one of the greatest and most entertaining adventure stories ever told. Millions have read and enjoyed it since Virgil first wrote it in the First Century B.C.

But The Aeneid has never been presented like this before. It is now condensed to its essential and best parts, with short bridge notes to explain the third or so of the original that is omitted. Explanatory sidenotes and chapter guides place the work and its famous author in historical, thematic, and political context.

Most of all, Professor David Crump has translated The Aeneid for the modern ear, complete with the rhythms and rhymes associated with poetry today. Avoiding the stodgy literalism of previous translations, he incorporates the true meaning of each turn and phrase -- using the words most accurately registering today for Virgil's work, all to bring the epic to life for a new generation. It will be enjoyed by readers who aren't necessarily Latin scholars.

This book is simply fun to read, and at long last easy to understand and feel the sheer power of Aeneas's epic journey and destiny. Fate has decreed it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610279802
  • Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Virgil (or Publius Vergilius Maro) wrote The Aeneid in the First Century B.C. He became one of the most famous and revered classical writers, as much for this great epic poem as for his other works. Just before he died in 19 B.C., Virgil demanded that the work be burned, but luckily it survived the author's perfectionism.

David Crump grew up partly in Italy, partly in Texas. As a teenager, he took classes that involved translating Latin into Italian. He earned his degrees at Harvard College and the University of Texas. Today, he is a professor of law at the University of Houston, and his teaching books are used at many universities. He is also the author of two novels and two books of poetry.
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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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Dismay

    Everyone seems to be making a bio, and l have time to kill, so...<br>Name: Dismay Fu<_>cking Storncloak.<br>Age: Older than most. This character's almost two years old in real time, so if you do the math and estimate her age in rp time...o.o<br>Gender: Bi<_>tch.<br>Personality: Um....o.o....This is a tricky one. She used to be all sneaky and relatively nice and stuff but then after a year she kinda became the Haymitch of cats, only more insane. She has no problem cooking your internal organs in a stew and feeding it to small children. x.x She's very open-minded and has no problem flirting with a plate or tree.<br>Family: Uh, her biological family kinda abandoned her, and her supposed mate has been on exactly thrice in the past year. So, she claim Randi and Swift as her family and they're about the only two cats she trusts whole-heartedly.<br>Appearance: She's a dark brown tabby with one white ear and one tawny. Her eyes are red. Dundundun.<br>Other: Dat'sit. :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Wonder's Sasseh Bio

    <n> Name-> Wonderwoman, the boss. Whatevah. <p>

    Age-> Do ya think I'd ACTUALLY tell a bi<_>tch like YOU? Ha. <p>

    Gender-> X.x <p>

    Lookeh-> She's this beaut of a silver she with these totally fab white markings. <br>
    0h. My. God. Idn't it cool how her fabulous ember-gold eyes look like sunlit gems ...? <p>

    Persona-> Figure it out bi<_>tch. <p>

    Crush-> Armag ... SAUSAGES! My fave! <p>

    Mate-> Heck no. <p>

    Kits-> >=} <p>

    Theme Soheng-> "Blank Dpace" by You-Know-Who <p>

    Othah-> Go sass Nite.

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