Aeneid, The

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In dramatic and narrative power, Virgil’s Aeneid is the equal of its great Homeric predecessors, the Iliad and the Odyssey. It surpasses them, however, in the intense sympathy it displays for its human actors–a sympathy that makes events such as Aeneas’s escape from Troy and search for a new homeland, the passion and the death of Dido, the defeat of Turnus, and the founding of Rome among the most memorable in literature.

Pages: 483

Pages: 483



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Fleeing the ashes of Troy, Aeneas, Achilles’s mighty foe in the Iliad, begins an incredible 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–all the way tormented by the vengeful Juno, Queen of the Gods. Ultimately, he reaches the promised land of Italy where, after bloody battles and with high hopes, he founds what will become the Roman empire.

  • Lucerna Academy families: Use this book for 5 weeks in World Literature and 5 weeks in Year 1 Literature.
  • Tapestry of Grace families: If you are tracking our ancient literature choices, you’ll see that we often recommend Robert Fitzgerald’s translations because they are significantly easier to read. This one is no exception. There are notes at the beginning and end of the book. Read for 4 weeks in Unit 4.



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