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DetailsAfter a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas Augustus legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to the Greek. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven year journey to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man. David Wests acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Virgil, born in 70 B.C., is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Aeneid. He earned great favor by portraying Augustus as a descendant of the half-god, half-man Aeneas. Although Virgil swore on his deathbed that The Aeneid was incomplete and unworthy, it has been considered one of the greatest works of Western literature for more than two thousand years. David West (1926-2013) was a leading classical scholar and a professor at Newcastle University. The Guardian stated that his translation of the Aeneid is "remarkably true to the Latin, and has brought Virgils epic to life for a generation of modern English readers." A leading figure in the resurence of interest in the ancient world, he was President of the Classical Association in 1995, and a Vice-President of the Association for Latin Teaching.
SKU Code IBD B 198 Weight in Kg 0.2700 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780140449327 Author Name Virgil Publisher Name PENGUIN POPULAR CLASSIC (BLACK)