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Aeneid

Aeneid

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By (author) Virgil, Translated by Stanley Lombardo, Introduction by W.R. Johnson

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  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 36mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0872207323
  • ISBN 13: 9780872207325
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 1,149,014

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Long a master of the crafts of Homeric translation and of rhapsodic performance, Stanley Lombardo now turns to the quintessential epic of Roman antiquity, a work with deep roots in the Homeric tradition. With characteristic virtuosity, he delivers a rendering of the Aeneid as compelling as his groundbreaking translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey , yet one that--like the Aeneid itself--conveys a unique epic sensibility and a haunting artistry all its own. W. R. Johnson's Introduction makes an ideal companion to the translation, offering brilliant insight into the legend of Aeneas; the contrasting roles of the gods, fate, and fortune in Homeric versus Virgilian epic; the character of Aeneas as both wanderer and warrior; Aeneas' relationship to both his enemy Turnus and his lover Dido; the theme of doomed youths in the epic; and Virgil's relationship to the brutal history of Rome that he memorializes in his poem. A map, a Glossary of Names, a Translator's Preface, and Suggestions for Further Reading are also included.

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Stanley Lombardo is Professor of Classics, University of Kansas. W. R. Johnson is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, University of Chicago.

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Adapting words of the ancient critic Longinus, [Lombardo] refers to the intense light of noon of the Iliad , the magical glow of the setting sun in the Odyssey , and the chiaroscuro of the Aeneid , a darkness visible. This latter phrase is the title of a famous interpretation of the Aeneid by W. R. Johnson, who contributes a splendid essay to the translation. Whether recited or read, the present volume stands as another fine performance on Lombardo's part. Summing up: Highly recommended. --C. Fantazzi, CHOICE Lombardo ... tends to let Virgil be Virgil, and so avoids imposing unwarranted interpretation on the unwary reader... [W.R. Johnson's] introduction is masterful and illuminating. --Hayden Pelliccia, The New York Review of Books Crisp, idiomatic, and precise, this is a translation for our era. The list of further reading, grounded in the writings of W.R. Johnson (who also wrote the Introduction) and Michael C. J. Putnam, suggests the context that informs the translation: here, as the translator says in the Preface, you will find an Aeneid that works more in the shadows than in the light... This translation would be excellent for classroom use: not only would it incite fascinating discussions about issues of war and empire, but it also reads well aloud... Together with Johnson's Introduction, this volume offers the Aeneid in terms that will resonate strongly with the general reader of today. --Sarah Spence, New England Classical Journal