Aeneid

ISBN-10: 0872207315
ISBN-13: 9780872207318
Edition: 2005
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Description: Monumental epic poem of Aeneas, a Trojan who escaped the burning ruins of Troy to found a new city in the west--Rome.

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

Monumental epic poem of Aeneas, a Trojan who escaped the burning ruins of Troy to found a new city in the west--Rome.

Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C.E., in Northern Italy in a small village near Mantua. He attended school at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), then went to Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric, and finally completed his studies in Naples. He entered literary circles as an "Alexandrian," the name given to a group of poets who sought inspiration in the sophisticated work of third-century Greek poets, also known as Alexandrians. In 49 BC Virgil became a Roman citizen. After his studies in Rome, Vergil is believed to have lived with his father for about 10 years, engaged in farm work, study, and writing poetry. After the battle of Philippi in 42 B.C.E. Virgils property in Cisalpine Gaul, was confiscated for veterans. In the following years Virgil spent most of his time in Campania and Sicily, but he also had a house in Rome. During the reign of emperor Augustus, Virgil became a member of his court circle and was advanced by a minister, Maecenas, patron of the arts and close friend to the poet Horace. He gave Virgil a house near Naples. Between 42 and 37 B.C.E. Virgil composed pastoral poems known as Bucolic or Eclogues and spent years on the Georgics. The rest of his life, from 30 to 19 B.C., Virgil devoted to The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome, and the glory of the Empire. Although ambitious, Virgil was never really happy about the task. Virgil died in 19 B. C.

Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas.

W. R. Johnson is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago.

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