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About the Book

The Aeneid is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. It is composed of 9,896 lines in dactylic hexameter. The first six of the poem's twelve books tell the story of Aeneas's wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem's second half tells of the Trojans' ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed.

The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco-Roman legend and myth, having been a character in the Iliad, composed in the 8th century BC. Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas's wanderings, his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous pietas, and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or national epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy, explained the Punic wars, glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeneid

Edition Notes

"Republication of Charles J. Billson's English translation, The Aeneid of Virgil ... by Edward Arnold, London, in 1906"--T.p. verso.

Series
Dover thrift editions

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
873/.01
Library of Congress
PA6807.A5 B5 1995

The Physical Object

Pagination
250 p. ;
Number of pages
250

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL803803M
Internet Archive
aeneid00virg_0
ISBN 10
0486287491
LC Control Number
95040287
OCLC/WorldCat
33131576
Library Thing
11862
Goodreads
729035

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