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From the award-winning translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey comes a brilliant new translation of Virgil’s great epic
Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles’ mighty foe in the Iliad, begins an unbelievable journey to fulfill his destiny as the founder of Rome. His voyage will take him through stormy seas, entangle him in a tragic love affair, and lure him into the world of the dead itself–the entire way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods. In the long run, he reaches the promised land of Italy where, after bloody battles and with high hopes, he founds what’s going to transform the Roman empire. An unsparing portrait of a man caught between love, duty, and fate, the Aeneid redefines passion, nobility, and courage for our times. Robert Fagles, whose acclaimed translations of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey were welcomed as major publishing events, brings the Aeneid to a new generation of readers, retaining the entire gravitas and humanity of the original Latin in addition to its powerful blend of poetry and myth. Featuring an illuminating introduction to Virgil’s world by esteemed scholar Bernard Knox, this volume lends a vibrant new voice to one of the most seminal literary achievements of the ancient world.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works all through history and across genres and disciplines. Readers accept as true with the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.