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Oman race As Aeneas journeys closer to his goal he must first prove his worth and attain the maturity necessary for such an illustrious task He battles raging storms in the Mediterranean encounters the fearsome Cyclopes falls in love with Dido ueen of Carthage travels into the Underworld and wages war in Ital. Book Review 3 out of 5 stars to The Aeneid a classic work written in 17 BC by Virgil In The Aeneid Virgil creates two vastly different archetypal heroes named Turnus and Aeneas Aeneas is a Trojan prince who has hopes of finding a new Troy in the land of Latium but he runs into an angered Turnus a Rutulian prince that does not welcome Aeneas Both men are eually strong eually determined and have eual and rightful claim to the land However Virgil creates this distinct difference and hatred between the men that leads to the profound greatness of Rome Turnus is a Rutulian prince who is planning on marrying Lavinia the princess of Latium He is courageous when he defends his people in the war against the Trojans Book IX and X brilliant in his plans to attack the Trojan camp p207 yet motivated to win for purely personal goals Turnus sacrifices public welfare and the good of the state just to defeat Aeneas and win the battle and Lavinia Aeneas is also a prince who is planning on marrying Lavinia He is caring when he looks back for his late wife Creusa p57 respectful and loving when his father dies p80 and driven when he continues his journey to find a new Troy p103 However unlike Turnus Aeneas is truly unselfish in his reasons for wanting Latium Aeneas wants to settle the land for his people and their families to find a new Troy Aeneas does not want the land to be selfish Both Turnus and Aeneas have determination behind them physical and mental strength behind them yet most of all the gods behind them With the help of Juno Turnus fights till the end avoiding several near deaths such as Pallas’ arrow and his jump into the Tiber River fully ard Similar to Turnus Aeneas’ mother helps Aeneas by giving him protection with the creation of the shield p198 and when she heals Aeneas’ wound with the special potion p 302 Turnus and Aeneas up until this point have no differences They are identical in their strengths weaknesses and support However the one major difference between them is that Aeneas has destiny behind him He is fated to take care of his Trojan people find a new Troy marry Lavinia and bear descendants to establish the great city of Rome Aeneas has no choice but to win the war and Lavinia’s hand in marriage Turnus must lose and somehow suffer; He cannot escape his fate Virgil makes use of the difference between the two heroes using antagonism hatred and most of all the superiority of Aeneas to show the greatness of Rome At the time The Aeneid was written Augustus Caesar was in power and the Pax Romana was beginning Rome was in a state of absolute reign and greatness Virgil makes use of the character Aeneas to show the greatness of his friend Octavian or Augustus Caesar He uses the difference between the two heroes to show that by destiny via Aeneas an ancestor of Octavian Caesar Rome will lead the world in philosophy art and intelligence etc Turnus is good but Aeneas is better and so is the new emperor Caesar With Octavian Caesar in control Rome will become even greater than it is Virgil accomplishes his goal of glorifying Rome and its leader Augustus Caesar Virgil creates a strong similarity between Turnus and Aeneas however the major characteristic of these two heroes is that Aeneas is destined to win and Turnus to lose This difference greatly surpasses the likeness between the two men and leads to the exaltation and glorification of Rome If Augustus Caesar is anywhere similar to Aeneas which he is as Virgil points out he will lead Rome to the tops And that is just what happens About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

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Æneis Author VirgThe Aeneid – thrilling terrifying and poignant in eual measure – has inspired centuries of artists writers and musiciansPart of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning clothbound pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a. “What god can help me tell so dread a storyWho could describe that carnage in a song “ Well the answer of course is Virgil a poet of the era of Augustus’ Rome Why does he write it Many literary critics have condemned the Aeneid for being state propaganda Of course it is Openly proudly so Many others have condemned it for connecting strongly to other epic poems of the Ancient world most notably of course Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey Of course it does Openly proudly soThe Aeneid is a perfect example of a change of imperial power and education from one dynasty or area in the world to another a “translatio imperii et studii” Whenever empires rise and are in need of legitimacy they make sure to incorporate literature art and other cultural achievements of suppressed or defeated powers thus creating a fictitious historical connection that justifies their claims to greatness and world dominanceThe Greek culture has been widely exploited to establish a tradition of unbroken rule and lawful power in Europe and the Aeneid is an early example of fiction supporting the dynastic claims of a whole peopleConstructed as a seuel to the Iliad and thus taking place at the same time as the Odyssey it tells the story of Trojan refugee Aeneas and his family who are on a uest to find a new home for themselves after surviving the destruction of Troy by the Greeks After many adventures mirroring Ulysses’ problematic navigation in the tricky waters of the Mediterranean they land in the country where “fate” tells them to found a new empire based on Aeneas’ descendants Here they turn from refugees to usurpers of power and fight a bloody war to finally declare themselves victors over the native peoples in the area which will become known as Rome or ItalySo far so good Translatio imperii checkTranslatio studiiRoman culture is in many ways a direct copy and paste of earlier Greek achievements and their Olympus is mostly identical just renamed But there are peculiarities within the Aeneid that give it a specific flavour and make it enjoyable to read For example Aeneas’ visit to the Underworld is hilarious and he meets both past and future celebrities of his tribe The modern reader may wonder how life in the Underworld works out practically with Creusa Dido and eventually also Lavinia all joined together in their love for Aeneas Is polygamy acceptable in the Underworld if it is only practised as serial monogamy on earth But those are amusing theological reflections that the heroes do not dwell onMuch interesting are the godly powers that support or oppose Aeneas’ cause with Venus his mother being his most ardent advocate in Olympus and with Juno being his most hateful enemy A combination that puts Jupiter in a pickle of courseAeneas manages to have weapons of mass destruction delivered by the joint effort of Venus and Vulcan and it is of peculiar interest to archaeologists that his shield carries the future of Rome written down for him a prophetic text Or a wonderfully amusing way to establish legitimacy through translatio historiae Rewriting history when needed for political purposes is not an invention of Orwell’s 1984 Dante later added his own journey to the Underworld under the guidance of experienced traveller Virgil translatio studii as illustrated in The Divine Comedy and beautifully painted by Delacroix in another simultaneous leap forwards and backwards in history creating connections between times and charactersWhat made me read the ancient text and stick it out until the end despite being frustrated at times when the war turned into repetitive graphically described slaughter involving heads cut open so that brains are split in half and any other imaginable mutilation of human bodies over page after pageThere is the interesting uestion of heroic ideal alive and terrifyingly deadly still in World War I and II of “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” the famous line from Virgil’s contemporary Horace’s Odes One young man in the Aeneid puts it uite bluntly if I win I will bring home lots of booty and if I fall I will be an immortal hero Either way my father will be proudThere are the relationships between men and women and the role of women in general Camilla the warrior virgin modelled on s Hippolyta or Penthesilea the mighty Carthaginian ueen Dido who has a strong mind of her own and Lavinia the booty for the winner in the war are all different representatives of ancient women’s roles and status in society For the modern reader the goddesses in the Olympian council are amusing types playing the political advocates of the causes they support fearlessly adamantly and in eternal frustration over the slow pace of the action and over the cacophony of a polytheistic assembly all with eual right to speak and lobby and to which they add incessantly uite like international committees nowadays weighing different claims needs and justice against each otherGeneral verdict if you love mythology historical processes as mirrored in fiction graphic war scenes unhappy love and stormy seas as well as the neverending story of human fight for power and legitimacy then the Aeneid is highly recommendedI enjoyed it all and will close with a bow to Dido my favourite ancient tragic heroine so far She did not really get a chance representing Carthage Her suicide was a necessary construction to symbolise the wars to comeCeterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam said Cato and Dido was just one of many to suffer from Roman power play A mighty ueen nonetheless

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Read & download ✓ Æneis Author Virgil 102 ✓ The Aeneid – thrilling terrifying and poignant in eual measure – has inspired centuries of artists writers and musiciansPart of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning clothbound pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautiful books maTreat for any book lover This edition is translated by J W Mackail and has an afterword by Coco StevensonVirgil’s epic tale tells the story of Aeneas a Trojan hero who flees his city after its fall with his father Anchises and his young son Ascanius – for Aeneas is destined to found Rome and father the R. Impossible to rank a book that is so important that has so many problems that holds moments of deep and beautiful simile and metaphor that treats its lead with shocking inconsistency whose ending is an eruption of modern plot that redeems the whole bookThe Ferry translation is uick and good and worth notingThere is staggering overlap with The Iliad and the Odyssey throughout Cyclops and Scylla and Charybdis were surprises here as is the rip off of the in media res structure We have storms Poseidon as savior instead of tormentor was an interesting twist a separation of forces a host But everything seems condensedDido as you might hope pops off the page That amazing section on page 17 that scans over her dead husband was so unbelievably Hamlet and there was something tragic about Cupid's bewitching herAnd Cupid to please his Acidalian motherBegins little by little to eraseFrom Dido's mind the image of SychaeusAnd to substitute a living passion inA heart and soul long unaccustomed to love 33But as with the windmills in Don uixote she is too uickly goneThe Roman propaganda is interesting throughout but in some ways it is less pronounced than I would have thought save for one outrageous description of a piece of armor It put me in mind of just Grossman's Stalingrad it's great To get it by the Soviet censors he had to among many other things add a 40 page section about how heroic coal miners are and I ended up fascinated by that section in its lack of nuance and its propulsion in how a talented writer operates in restrictive systemsThe second half in Italy is a human oriented text and somewhat ridiculous The book's supporting characters especially the lovers Nisus and Euryalus are stronger than the lead The book is rarely a page turner but it is incredibly worth your time It is very very different than you might expectTwo things The treatment of the underworld is gorgeous in Book 6 It is of course Dantean pre Dante Critic Madeline Miller points out that when Aeneid is in hell after he finishes admiring that same glorious pageant of future Roman heroes he finds himself before two gates One is made of horn and is Virgil tells us for “true shades” The other made of ivory is for “false dreams” And Aeneas founder of the gleaming vision of Roman history we have just seen leaves through the latterBorges was preoccupied by this distinction too and I wonder if there are some hints here of the undermining that I feel is at work in The Aeneid some impulse to attack the very root of the project of fiction of the need for Roman propaganda in a poem even of the need for empire and cultural assimilationWhich brings me to the ending I'll spoiler tag view spoilerThe ending those last few lines are of course the most shocking of all subversive and bizarre I've been thinking about them for days and reading some supplementary material to try to make sense of them Even if Aeneas had granted Turnus mercy the book ending wo a coda would have felt abrupt but the sudden heat for vengeance for Pallas reminiscent of Achilles and Hector jarred me Pallas doesn't feel important enough a character to warrant this kind of ending I don't know but it felt authentic to Aeneas Sometimes in writing when things are going well the character moves organically They do something they're not supposed to I know that this turn is set up earlier in The Aeneid but it still felt like an extremely organic moment We've been uestioning Aeneas's character throughout the book his treatment of Dido his mood swings Again here at the end he is back in Troy A legacy of war and pain Does this ending redeem the Aeneid as a whole for me In some ways yes because it redeems a lot of my misgivings The ending seems to privilege fate above all else like a tautology Turnus has to die so Aeneas has to kill him and even if Turnus begs for mercy it won't matter Can I even go postmodern for a second Because fate is privileged above god and man Turnus has to die for the Aeneid to end And the second he dies fade to black hide spoiler