The Aeneid


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(3.5 stars; 22 reviews)

The Aeneid is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. The first six of the poem’s twelve books tell the story of Aeneas’ wanderings from Troy to Italy, and the poem’s second half treats the Trojans’ ultimately victorious war upon the Latins, under whose name Aeneas and his Trojan followers are destined to be subsumed. The poem was commissioned from Vergil by the Emperor Augustus to glorify Rome. Several critics think that the hero Aeneas’ abandonment of the Cartheginian Queen Dido, is meant as a statement of how Augustus’ enemy, Mark Anthony, should have behaved with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. (Summary by Wikipedia and Karen Merline)

(13 hr 38 min)

Chapters

Bk 01: A Fateful Haven, pt 1 28:22 Read by Justin Brett
Bk 01: A Fateful Haven, pt 2 39:17 Read by Joe Earley
Bk 02: How They Took the City, pt 1 31:06 Read by ontheroad
Bk 02: How They Took the City, pt 2 28:13 Read by ontheroad
Bk 03: Sea Wanderings and Strange Meetings, pt 1 32:22 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 03: Sea Wanderings and Strange Meetings, pt 2 29:17 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 04: The Passion of the Queen, pt 1 28:22 Read by Philippa
Bk 04: The Passion of the Queen, pt 2 31:37 Read by Philippa
Bk 05: Games and a Conflagration, pt 1 34:05 Read by Joe Earley
Bk 05: Games and a Conflagration, pt 2 41:57 Read by Joe Earley
Bk 06: The World Below, pt 1 31:37 Read by Joshua B. Christensen
Bk 06: The World Below, pt 2 34:10 Read by Joshua B. Christensen
Bk 07: Juno Served by a Fury, pt 1 37:15 Read by Alan Brown
Bk 07: Juno Served by a Fury, pt 2 35:26 Read by Alan Brown
Bk 08: Arcadian Allies, pt 1 27:48 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 08: Arcadian Allies, pt 2 33:37 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 09: A Night Sortie, a Day Assault, pt 1 29:11 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 09: A Night Sortie, a Day Assault, pt 2 37:38 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Bk 10: The Death of Princes, pt 1 34:55 Read by Philippa
Bk 10: The Death of Princes, pt 2 41:30 Read by Philippa
Bk 11: Debaters and a Warrior Girl, pt 1 34:51 Read by Lisa Chau
Bk 11: Debaters and a Warrior Girl, pt 2 40:04 Read by Anna Simon
Bk 12: The Fortunes of War, pt 1 37:31 Read by David Lipa
Bk 12: The Fortunes of War, pt 2 38:45 Read by David Lipa

Reviews

A good epic poem

(3 stars)

Book 1 Pt 1 is beautifully read and a joy to hear. Sadly Pt 2 is so badly recorded I could barely follow the story! Things generally improve after that though.

Great recording!

(3 stars)

Only book 5 was quiet for me. I liked the rhyming. As for the actual story - sure, it was great but hard to hold my attention.

App always crashes.

(2 stars)

The app frequently crashes and the narrators sound better in the prose translation by Mackail.

difficult to understand

(2 stars)

not a great translation