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Review: The Aeneid by Virgil

The Aeneid  translated by John DrydenThe Aeneid translated by John Dryden by Virgil
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a fan of Greco-Roman mythology, I thought I’d like this story. Maybe it was just the particular translation, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as The Iliad and The Odyssey. It takes place after the Trojan War, recounting the story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travels to Italy and becomes the ancestor of the Romans. Later, he leads the Trojans against the Latins. The story is full of violent, bloody fights, and you get a real sense of the chaos of ancient battles.

It includes many themes common to Greco-Roman stories, including honor, heroism, and fate. The gods play major roles in the story, interfering in each others’ plans and in human affairs. The humans frequently appeal to their patron gods. During a single combat scene, Jove/Zeus hangs life and death in a scale to determine the fate of one of the combatants.

I liked Aeneas’ visit to Hades, where he talks to the shades of dead heroes. I also liked the mythical tale of Rome’s founding, including the wolf suckling Rome’s twin founders, Romulus and Remus.

I listened to the free Librivox audiobook of the translation by John Dryden.

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