©1980 Translation by Robert Fitgerald; (P)1995 HighBridge Company.
"Fitzgerald's is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come." (The New York Review of Books)
This book is easy to understand, fascinating and helps one better understand Greek myths and Roman mythology.
The first part of this book is adventurous, like the Odyssey, and the second is fighting, like the Iliad. The best of both books, though not as much of a smash and bang cacaphony like the Iliad, and it has the better storyline of the Odyssey.
I have not.
No it did not. It was strictly read for school purposes, though I would listen to it again.
Hard to tell exactly where you are. Not much warning of which chapter your in, so if this is for school purposes, you may want to get the Robert Fitzgerald translation in the actual book. Be warned, the two are not fully parallel, the audio will occasionally skip up to five pages or more just to get to the point, this can cause confusion. The two for the most part read the same.
the recording seems to skips parts of the book that i have. Its a little weird
I feel like this audio has been time stretched in the editing process, the narrator's voice is fine but can be hard to listen to as the audio moves, it sounds like the time compressed it to make it shorter.
This version is incomplete and the chapter divisions are off. Chapter 3 was missing completely and it is almost impossible to find chapter breaks. Not happy!
The narration seems awkward with now flow to it. It was almost as if Ravenscroft were reading from an instruction manual rather than a story.
The story is a classic, and the narrator does add a little emotion added at times.
I wanted to listen to this Poem because it is a key part of the fabric of Western Civilization's world view. Along with Homer's epic tales and the Bible, perhaps this is one of the foundational pieces of literature that defines Rome, it's view of itself, the basis of Roman society, law, honor, civic duty, and patriotism. It is all a story, well told, but it helps us understand the Roman thought process that was spread through out the Western World. It was entertaining, and given time, i would listen to it again.
Shocking detail at how it accounted for the known history of the world at the time it was written and included the heroes and gods of the Greek legends.
Clear, steady pace. Nice voice, easy to listen to.
No, not possible
If you want to understand the foundations of Western Civilization, and why we think the way we do, this is one of the important pieces of literature you should read.
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