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Æneis author Virgil review ó eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý The Aeneid – thrilling terrifying and poignant in eual measure – has inspired centuries of artists writers and musiciansPart of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning clothbound pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautifuOman race As Aeneas journeys closer to his goal he must first prove his worth and attain the maturity necessary for such an illustrious task He battles raging storms in the Mediterranean encounters the fearsome Cyclopes falls in love with Dido ueen of Carthage travels into the Underworld and wages war in Ital. some funny reviews as to my opinions on this1 this is filled with purple prose and instalove complete with a hot sexy bad boy for the main character2 hello my name is Aeneas Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way I have long ebony black hair and some people say I look like Aphrodite AN if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here I was sailing through the ever mindful anger of the savage Juno It was raining so there was no sun which I was very happy about A lot of gods stared at me I put up my middle finger at them3 this doesn't really deserve one star but my latin class definitely does

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Treat for any book lover This edition is translated by J W Mackail and has an afterword by Coco StevensonVirgil’s epic tale tells the story of Aeneas a Trojan hero who flees his city after its fall with his father Anchises and his young son Ascanius – for Aeneas is destined to found Rome and father the R. Impossible to rank a book that is so important that has so many problems that holds moments of deep and beautiful simile and metaphor that treats its lead with shocking inconsistency whose ending is an eruption of modern plot that redeems the whole bookThe Ferry translation is uick and good and worth notingThere is staggering overlap with The Iliad and the Odyssey throughout Cyclops and Scylla and Charybdis were surprises here as is the rip off of the in media res structure We have storms Poseidon as savior instead of tormentor was an interesting twist a separation of forces a host But everything seems condensedDido as you might hope pops off the page That amazing section on page 17 that scans over her dead husband was so unbelievably Hamlet and there was something tragic about Cupid's bewitching herAnd Cupid to please his Acidalian motherBegins little by little to eraseFrom Dido's mind the image of SychaeusAnd to substitute a living passion inA heart and soul long unaccustomed to love 33But as with the windmills in Don uixote she is too uickly goneThe Roman propaganda is interesting throughout but in some ways it is less pronounced than I would have thought save for one outrageous description of a piece of armor It put me in mind of just Grossman's Stalingrad it's great To get it by the Soviet censors he had to among many other things add a 40 page section about how heroic coal miners are and I ended up fascinated by that section in its lack of nuance and its propulsion in how a talented writer operates in restrictive systemsThe second half in Italy is a human oriented text and somewhat ridiculous The book's supporting characters especially the lovers Nisus and Euryalus are stronger than the lead The book is rarely a page turner but it is incredibly worth your time It is very very different than you might expectTwo things The treatment of the underworld is gorgeous in Book 6 It is of course Dantean pre Dante Critic Madeline Miller points out that when Aeneid is in hell after he finishes admiring that same glorious pageant of future Roman heroes he finds himself before two gates One is made of horn and is Virgil tells us for “true shades” The other made of ivory is for “false dreams” And Aeneas founder of the gleaming vision of Roman history we have just seen leaves through the latterBorges was preoccupied by this distinction too and I wonder if there are some hints here of the undermining that I feel is at work in The Aeneid some impulse to attack the very root of the project of fiction of the need for Roman propaganda in a poem even of the need for empire and cultural assimilationWhich brings me to the ending I'll spoiler tag view spoilerThe ending those last few lines are of course the most shocking of all subversive and bizarre I've been thinking about them for days and reading some supplementary material to try to make sense of them Even if Aeneas had granted Turnus mercy the book ending wo a coda would have felt abrupt but the sudden heat for vengeance for Pallas reminiscent of Achilles and Hector jarred me Pallas doesn't feel important enough a character to warrant this kind of ending I don't know but it felt authentic to Aeneas Sometimes in writing when things are going well the character moves organically They do something they're not supposed to I know that this turn is set up earlier in The Aeneid but it still felt like an extremely organic moment We've been uestioning Aeneas's character throughout the book his treatment of Dido his mood swings Again here at the end he is back in Troy A legacy of war and pain Does this ending redeem the Aeneid as a whole for me In some ways yes because it redeems a lot of my misgivings The ending seems to privilege fate above all else like a tautology Turnus has to die so Aeneas has to kill him and even if Turnus begs for mercy it won't matter Can I even go postmodern for a second Because fate is privileged above god and man Turnus has to die for the Aeneid to end And the second he dies fade to black hide spoiler

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Æneis author VirgThe Aeneid – thrilling terrifying and poignant in eual measure – has inspired centuries of artists writers and musiciansPart of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning clothbound pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a. THEY CAN CONUER WHO BELIEVE THEY CAN THEY CAN BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CANNow isn’t that a nifty uick analysis of how faith works That’s Virgil talkingFaith in oneself or Faith in a Higher BeingLet’s take a closer lookVirgil left off writing this masterpiece a mere twenty years before the Star appeared over ancient Bethlehem And of course the Aeneid gave the worldly Romans hope for a brighter future at the same time when their history was beginning its long slow decline into moral chaos It inspired them to believe that a semi divine Trojan named Aeneas had given them ideals worth dying forWith not much respect due to Troy’s ancient conuerors the GreeksCoincidenceSure it was political propaganda commissioned by Augustus through Virgil’s noble mentor MaecenasBut don’t forget that many of the same Roman readers of this runaway bestseller were fathers of the first Italian Christian converts The domino effect was about to play its handEarly Christian apologists looking for grist for their mills would soon see in Virgil’s groundbreaking ideas about a blissful afterlife in the Elysian Fields for ordinary good people as well as Homer’s heroes an announcement of the Lord’s freely offered and freely withheld salvationDid I say Homer That’s another thingApproximately concurrent with all of this was the disastrous destruction by fire of Alexandria’s priceless library the last detailed link with the pre Roman Greek worldSo now books like this one were suddenly a prime source for imaginative myth makingIt is hard to imagine such inspired living as the Knights of the Round Table or early books of such high mindedness as Piers Plowman or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight existing without the nobility of the AeneidLet alone the higher mathematics and calculus of the Ottoman Empire against whom Europe Crusaded Enemies don’t share secrets alasOr even the late medieval romances how much Latin magic is in the Holy GrailThe Greeks so sybaritic in their literature and such a springboard in their stories for the imagination had little or no influence on our serious Medieval European ancestors The very dearth of Hellenic playfulness gave our ancestors their dour mindset Perhaps in an age of starting from scratch again and rebuilding that grim mindset is bestSo the popular faith and imagination of the Middle Ages derived largely from books like thisEven Aeneas’ triumphant victory over Turnus was seen by clerics as a divine allegory of the victory over evilAnd who’s to say they were so WRONG thoughBut with that Church censorship was also beginning and Roman freedoms were eventually going to be curtailedBut freedom has radically different restrictions as Age progresses to Age and while we postmodernists seem to have fewer we in fact have migrated to much less privacyEvery age has its manner of dealing with anarchy Ours is surveillanceBut to the Church MORAL Anarchy was the most perilous type of chaos thanks to Nero and Caligula And for the future of European civilization It seems in hindsight to have been the right attitudeIt’s like your parents weeding out any bad influences on you as you grew up can THAT be such a bad thing Most good parents do it or used toSure there’ll be some Major adjustments for the kids later on but if they have an active intelligence they’ll catch up in plenty of time though the transition from naïve innocence to cosmic disappointment is vastAnd without the firm foothold of faith well nigh impossibleSimilarly could the seed of a great religion of love and compassion have taken root without the concurrent sowing of the nobility that the Aeneid has in men’s mindsCould Christianity have spread like wildfire throughout the fallen Empire without itSure I know I’m REACHING a bit to make my pointBut whatever your own views the Aeneid is the great Medieval Desert Island Book one of the only great ancient imaginative yarns the serious and violent early Middle Ages really hadA true oasis for the souls of those who were lost and confused in that scattered moral debris before the Fall of the Colossus that was the Roman EmpireAnd an ethical bedrock