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In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid
     

In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid

by Penelope Lively, Ian Andrew (Illustrator)
 

The fall of Troy, the wanderings of Aeneas, the descent into the underworld — these phrases from Virgil’s seminal story continue to resonate more than 2,000 years after he wrote it, and Penelope Lively retells this timeless tale with pitch-perfect pacing, poignancy, and drama. The story begins with Aeneas escaping from the sacked city of Troy with his

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The fall of Troy, the wanderings of Aeneas, the descent into the underworld — these phrases from Virgil’s seminal story continue to resonate more than 2,000 years after he wrote it, and Penelope Lively retells this timeless tale with pitch-perfect pacing, poignancy, and drama. The story begins with Aeneas escaping from the sacked city of Troy with his son and father and an important task given by his mother, Venus: He must find a new home for his people. Readers accompany him on his adventure and danger awaits him around every corner. He battles monsters and giants, the elements, and makes a terrifying descent into the underworld where he is allowed a glimpse into the future. Ian Andrew’s illustrations evocatively interpret the mortals, gods and goddesses, and the epic backdrops of this classic tale. This accessible and enthralling introduction to The Aeneid takes its place alongside Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic retellings of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Included are a Latin pronunciation guide and a map of Aeneas’s extraordinary quest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076856
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
119
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Beloved memoirist (A House Unlocked), children's book author (The Ghost of Thomas Kempe), and Booker Prize winner Penelope Lively is perhaps best known for smart, literate thrillers that look to the past for keys to understanding, like 2003's The Photograph. "I'm not an historian," Lively told Britain's The Observer, "but I can get interested -- obsessively interested -- with any aspect of the past."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
March 17, 1933
Place of Birth:
Cairo, Egypt
Education:
Honors Degree in Modern History, University of Oxford, England, 1955

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