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The Aeneid: Virgil's Greatest Hits [NOOK Book]

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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...
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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, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610279918
  • Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,193,071
  • File size: 313 KB

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 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 20, 2014

    Enemii ~ Bio テ

    Name: Batman. Whoosh. <p>

    Nicknames: I dunno. Like, Miia? Enii? <p>

    Gender: Shut your mouth. <p>

    Age: I found a beetle! <p>

    Looks: White with diagonal black stripes like crossing over her body. She has long, curled claws and sharp, gleaming teeth. One of her paws is gray, and her tail is long and plume like. Her eyes are golden orbs of a bold wonder. <p>

    Personality: Did you know ... <p>

    Mate: That sausages are intestines stuffed with meat? >=} <p>

    Crush: Okay, Armie. I'mma sorry. V_V <p>

    Kits: NUT NUT NUT <p>

    Siggy: A smirky little guy. Look at his chubbiness. ~> &#12486 <p>

    History: Nope. This information isn't here. Yetzers. <p>

    Kin: Kin, kin. That didn't help. It reminded me of Doritos. : , <p>

    Other: No. NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT NUT

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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 20, 2014

    Platinum's Bio Update

    I think l mished some shtuff... Randeh, l thought dat wush my word. x3 <br>
    <p>
    History- Well, Platinum ish distantly related to Eclipse. She used to live in a tunnel/rabbit burrow. She faintly remembers her mother; a hateful creature with black fur. Her mother never wanted kits. As soon as she could, Platinum's mother left her to fend for herself. At that point, Platinum hunted shrew or thrushes, tusting no one. She stumbled upon Bloodclan, ad decided to join. She made a few friends (see below). <br>
    <p>
    Fwiends- Well, there's Swift, Randi, and Prism. Oh, an OF COURSE, Quasi. I noticed a few of those four didn't even include me in their friends part, but, oh well. <br>
    <p>
    Birthday- Stealing this, Randeh! Let's see... March 28. I have a VERY good reason for this, but l'll only tell mah fwiends (see above). <br>
    <p>
    Favorite Candy- Geez, that's a hard one... Hershey's Cookies 'N' Cream, Reeses, KitKats, Twix... anything chocolate. Oh, and White Fundip [lol, if you don't get this one, then nevermind.] <br>
    <p>
    Likes- Myself, chocolate [see above], Taylor Swift [sort of... lol, Swifteh of Bloodclan!], Carrie Underwod, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and TobyMac. Pandas, country music, killing [cat style!], raiding, and etc. <br>
    <p>
    Dislikes- YOU [hint hint!], green things [l'm on an anti-broccolli campaign! JK!], Justin Beiber [YUCK!], snakes [TERRIFIED of snakes. Don't get me started. Did you know snakes are God's cursed animal? Aw, you got me started. x3], boredom, etc. <br>
    <p>
    Well, dat's all l got know! To see the rest of my bio, scroll down.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Gosudarstvenniki

    Name: Gosudarstvenniki. It means 'civil servant' in Russian.<br>
    Nicknames: Veni, Venni, and whatever else the typos demand. :3 Veni means 'l have come' in Latin. <br>
    Age: Uh... old enough.<br>
    Gender: &male <br>
    Looks: Plain grey-colored pelt with yellow eyes. Fluffy. About a foot tall and three feet long from nose to tail. Missing a back claw.<br>
    Personality: Cheerful, bubbly, silly, afraid of the snow. Violent sometimes.<br>
    Mate\Crush\Kits: This is bound to be a fluctuating category, so ask me. I don't plan on writin' another bio. :3<br>
    Theme Song: 'The Complete History of the Rise of the Soviet Union' or 'Rasputin'. <p>
    ~Gosudarstvenniki

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Winter ~ Bio &infin

    Name &infin Winter (duh) <br>
    Nicknames &infin Winner; Wint; Winty; Winny; Win-Win <p>

    Description &infin Soft, fluffy white pelt with dazzling blue eyes <p>

    Age &infin None 'O yo biz. <br>
    Gender &infin &female <p>

    Crush &infin Gosudarstvenniki <br>
    Mate &infin No <br>
    Kits &infin T.T <p>

    Theme Song &infin "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift <p>

    Other &infin Ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    Nyx and Nite's Bio's V. 1.1 ッ

    <p> &infin Nyx's Bio!! &infin </p>
    <p> &infin Nyx is a long, lean sleek black-blue short furred she cat with a white sock on her left front leg, a white moon-star-entertwined shape on her forehead, and crystal ice blue eyes. She is vigilant, cunning, dark, mysterious and funneh. Nyx is aprox. 19 moons old. Her nicknames are: Nyxeh, Trixie-Nyx, Trixie-Nixie, Nyny, Nyxel, Nyyyyx(like you got PB on the roof of your mouth. &#12483<_>) and Nyxieboo!(don't ever call her that. XD) She has no mate or kits. Her crush is.... Armegeddon. Derps. Her only kin is Nite, her sistah!!! Her history: kiinda long. To make a long story short, and a short story shorter, she was orn, parents died, joined BC. The end! ^__^ theme song: "In The End" by Linkin Park. Byee! &infin </p>
    <p> &#10023 Nite's Bio &#10023 </p>
    <p> &#10023 Nite is a black long furred she cat with dark grey and white dappled spots, white paws, tail tip, underbelly, muzzle and deep violet eyes. She is shy, sweet, quiet, fierce and loyal. She is aprox. 17 moons old. Her nicknames: Nitie, Niteh, Niyniy, Nitie-The-Mighty, Nittles! She has no mate, crush or kits. Her kin is Nyx. Her history is the same as Nyx. Theme song: "I Love You Too Much/Te Amo Es Mas" by Deigo Luna. Nighters! &#10023 </p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2014

    Katty's bio!!! :)

    NAME-Katty. AGE-19 in cat years. BREED-Norwiegin Forest cat AKA Wiegie. They are big!!!((I own one...i love him alot......ya....)) COLERATION-A small red and white cat with deep copper eyes. Long claws and sharp teeth. LIKES-Stuff. DISLIKES-Stuff. CRUSH/MATE-No and no. :(. THEME SONG-Flaws by Bastiel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2014

    Royalshade

    Blueblack fur with light gray flecks one green eye, the other has three red claw marks running down it and the pupil is a pearly white. IS ON NO ACCOUNT BLIND! Can treerun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    Firesteel to A Cat

    Sparrowtail, Nightlily, Reedfang, Lightning, Aldebaran, Barrage, Darkrise. Those are just a few.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    Ginger

    There you are! [[[ go to a different res mostly all are the same or scroll down and fund one the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    To cat

    As<_>s<_>h<_>ole

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