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Book Title: The Greater Poems of Virgil Vol. I|
The author of the book: Virgil
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 927 KB
Edition: Ginn & Company
Date of issue: 1895
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Read full description of the books The Greater Poems of Virgil Vol. I:As with all the Loeb series, this fulfills the important need to have the original text at hand when one is reading a translation.
However, the division of the two volumes is a bit irritating: the Aeneid is divided between the two volumes, which doesn't just double the cost, but makes turning back and forth in the Aeneid to consult an earlier or later passage rather unwieldy. It would be nice to have the Aeneid in one volume, with the Eclogues and Georgics in the other, along with the Appendix Vergiliana if that is desired. I suspect, however, that the latter volume would sell very few copies, and I can't fault Harvard Press as a business if they divided the volumes as they did for exactly that reason!
The translation itself is fine, as far as translations go and considering that it is prose, trying to give the meaning of the text without pretensions to being English literature as well, and the brief and occasional notes are minimal but helpful.
For now, a necessary pair of volumes if one wants to compare the English to the original.
Read information about the authorPublius Vergilius Maro (October 15, 70 BCE – September 21, 19 BCE), usually called Virgil or Vergil /ˈvɜrdʒəl/ in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, are sometimes attributed to him.
Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. His Aeneid has been considered the national epic of ancient Rome from the time of its composition to the present day. Modeled after Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the Aeneid follows the Trojan refugee Aeneas as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and arrive on the shores of Italy—in Roman mythology the founding act of Rome. Virgil's work has had wide and deep influence on Western literature, most notably the Divine Comedy of Dante, in which Virgil appears as Dante's guide through hell and purgatory.
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