The Aeneid – Another Unread Book On My Bookshelf


This post is another in my series of books I own that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet for some reason or another.  Today’s post is about Virgil’s The Aeneid.  I purchased this book, the Barnes and Noble Classics version, on one of those days where they were running a special, buy 2 get the 3rd free.  I had been interested in reading The Aeneid ever since I completed my reading of Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

The reason why I was, and still am, interested in reading The Aeneid is because Virgil is Dante’s guide for the first two canticles of The Divine ComedyThe Aeneid was also referenced many times, along with other works of antiquity, and I felt that I wasn’t well equipped with the particulars and felt at a bit of a disadvantage.  You read my brief thoughts on The Divine Comedy here.

Here’s what the back of the book says:

Written more than two thousand years ago and one of Western literature’s indisputable masterpieces, the Aeneid is the Roman “answer” to Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.  The latter celebrate Greek civilization through the stories of victory in the Trojan War and the exploits of Odysseus.  Virgil’s Aeneid sings the triumph of Roman culture, transforming Troy’s tragedy into a step on the path toward the founding of Rome by the descendants of the last Trojan hero, Aeneas.

Fleeing the fallen city with a few followers, Aeneas undergoes a series of adventure including a passionate love affair with the ravishing Dido, queen of Carthage; a visit to the underworld to meet the spirit of his father; and mortal combat with Turnus, a powerful king.  Each episode tests his courage, morality, humanity, and proves his worthiness as the ancestor of one of the greatest empires in history.

I’m not quite sure why I haven’t tackled this work yet, but it’s definitely one I wish to take on at some point.  Have you read The Aeneid?  Did you find it interesting?  I’d love to hear what you thought!

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About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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  1. Bleak House – Another Unread Book On My Bookshelf | Beltwayliterature - March 17, 2011

    […] This evening’s post is another in my series of unread books on my bookshelf.  Tonight I’m going to talk about Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.  I purchased this book at the same time as I purchased The Aeneid, mentioned in this post. […]

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