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The Aeneid: Virgil's Greatest Hits

The Aeneid: Virgil's Greatest Hits

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by Virgil

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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.


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, 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.

The new ebook edition uses an innovative approach to linking short annotations of key words, names, and places. Instead of footnotes and numbers, the underlined words are coded to jump to the asides much like a webpage or Wikipedia would. Notes stay out of the way for readers who prefer the poem as it is, while explanations and trivia are a mere click or touch away for interested readers and of course students. Modern and clear formatting makes it a work accessible in digital form without the odd spacing and stuffy footnotes often found in such ebooks of classics. Not just dumped into an ebook jacket from book form, this ebook was constructed with care (though a paperback is also available with sidenotes along the margins, again avoiding distracting footnotes). Great for classes, book clubs, and casual readers.

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

Early reviews for this edition of The Aeneid include:

“I really, really like it. It’s extremely vivid and readable and exciting, really fun to read. The supplemental material is great, just the right level.” - Casey Dué-Hackney, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

“If you have never had an interest in the classics, this may inspire it. The author gives context and accessibility to the previously obscure and inaccessible.” - Paul R. Rice, Professor and Poet, American University

“The informal and appealing style with helpful (and occasionally tongue-in-cheek) notes will make [this book] an accessible introduction to ancient Rome’s greatest epic poem.” - Paul A. Zoch, Veteran High School Latin Teacher, St. Agnes Academy; Author of Ancient Rome: An Introductory History

“David Crump’s translation is smooth, refreshing, engaging and definitely very approachable for students. They will love to have notes, comments, and the background necessary to understand what is happening right there on the page as they read!” - Francesca Behr, Latin Professor, University of Houston

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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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The Aeneid (Fagles Translation) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Sits down and waigs. And thinks. And cries.
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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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Name: look up. <p> Looks: light grey fur with darker grey stripes amber eyes and white tip tail.<p> personality: good to her friends, not afraid to kill, protective.<p> Age: 10 moons. <p>Mate/crush: none.<p> Kits: wanting.
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Name: i wounder Age: leave me alone Gender: she cat Fur color: jet black Eye color: redish Mate: .... Kits: .... History: I never had a clan... i was a loner and I attacked anything that breathed. Crush: i want to CRUSH everyone... Passion: killing, eating, fighting Personality, can be loving and nice, but is mostly dark, mean, angry, quiet, evil, and twisted.
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Name: Calemvir <p> Species: He's actually a god, but he takes the form of a drakon to be fair. <P> Look: Drakon: He is nearly the size of a mountain, with pale blue scales. He is a giant serpant, with a hardened snout. God: When not in drakon form, he is a black inky mist. His most humanoid form is a human with massive black wings and dead white eyes. (He can be banished, but never killed, unless another god (Like Cassi) Confronts him..) <P> Gender: Male. <P>
rblaunder12 More than 1 year ago
Often books like this come down to translation. At the end, a reader will either like it or not depending on how the text resonates with them (since very few of us will be able to compare it to the original text). I thought this version was good, and while it required quite a lot of re-reading to get the intent, I attribute that more to the style of the writing and the fact that this is essentially an ancient book. Either way, whether you read this translation or another, it is well worth a read at some point in your life.