Read The Great Books

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by Virgil

Aeneid by Virgil is one of the most well known stories in history. Virgil being a great poet and story teller of the ancient world, many writers and stories through history have used him as inspiration for their works

It tells the story of Aeneas, a character in The Iliad, and his travels. Including the Trojan war, the and the sacking of Troy. Various films and interpretations of this work have been created over the years. Whether you’re interested in the story from a literary aspect or a historical view a good version of the text will make a world of difference.

Vintage Classics offers up this story and does so well. It is a no nonsense translation and is great for someone who wants to add this book to their library or needs it for notes. However, if you really want to get an appreciation for the text, or if you need this for a class, the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition is the one you need. It is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. It gives an introduction from scholar Bernard Knox on the importance of this work and some background knowledge to boot. It’s the translation that makes this copy shine though. Robert Fagles tackled translating this into English and he did so with ease. You can definitely see how his translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey have won him so much acclaim and some awards to match.