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The Aeneid

Virgil - Author

John Dryden - Translator

Frederick M. Keener - Editor

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ISBN 9780140446272 | 480 pages | 01 Oct 1997 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Virgil's epic vividly recounts Aeneas's tortuous journey after the Trojan War and the struggles he faced as he lay the foundations for the greatest continental empire. Rendered into a vigorous and refined English by the most important man of letters of the seventeenth century, this translation of the Aeneid "set a new, august standard so influential as to be epochal." For his version, John Dryden drew on the deep understanding of political unrest he had acquired during the Civil Wars of 1642-51 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.


@TranslatioStud Got a gift of a huge wooden horse today, here in Troy. Just appeared outside the city gate. BTW: War going poorly.

Surprise. Soldiers inside the horse. We didn’t start the fire! Hector’s Ghost says to GTFO – take Dad and the kid with me.

I’m on a boat. Three generations of Aenean men on a sea-journey of epic proportions. Hmm. Sounds familiar…

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Dryden’s Aeneid (1697), writes editor Frederick Keener, is not merely a superb translation but ‘an important, magisterial and moving English poem’ in its own right, as well as a major influence on Pope and the main eighteenth-century tradition.