I fondly recall how reading the Aeneid in Latin for the first time was a completely transformative experience.
Composed in hexametersabout 60 lines of which were left unfinished at his death, the Aeneid incorporates the various legends of Aeneas and makes him the founder of Roman greatness. The work is organized into 12 books that relate the story of the legendary founding of Lavinium parent town of Alba Longa and of Rome.
The town is founded by Aeneas, who was informed as he left the burning ruins of Troy that it was his fate to found a new city with a glorious destiny in the West.
In Book I Aeneas, journeying to his fated destination, encounters foul weather and is forced to land his fleet on the Libyan coast.
There he is welcomed by the widowed Didoqueen of Carthage. In Book IV Dido confesses her love for Aeneas, who though he regrets his fate is then forced by the gods to set sail again. She prepares to kill herself. They then set sail again. In this book the destiny of Rome is revealed. War breaks out, but the Trojans, with the help of the Etruscansprevail, and Turnus is killed.
As fated, Aeneas marries Lavinia and founds Lavinium.
This legend preserves, in a historical disguise, an original Indo-European myth about a conflict between the gods of sovereignty and war and the gods of fecundity, ending with the unification of the two divine races.
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For thousands of years, Homer's ancient epic poem the Iliad has enchanted readers from around the world. The Latin title, Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism - the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling, and the force of fate.
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