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Reading Virgil

Virgil's Aeneid, an epic which tells the story of Aeneas' flight from burning Troy, his adventures on the high seas and eventual arrival in Italy, thereby founding the Roman race, is one of the most influential works of Roman literature. This edition of the first two books is designed for those who have completed an introductory course in Latin and aims to help such users to enjoy one of Latin literature's greatest masterpieces. The text is accompanied by a running vocabulary, learning vocabulary, full grammatical help and notes. Essays at the end of each passage are designed to encourage appreciation of Virgil's plot-handling, poetic art and rich understanding of humanity, and there are references throughout to the most helpful modern thinking about the poem and its significance. No other intermediate text is so carefully designed to provide all the help that is needed to make reading Virgil a pleasure.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Glossary of literary terms; Notes for the reader; Help with the text; Grammar; Metre and verse in the Aeneid; Bibliography; Maps; Book I. Aeneas' mission: from storm to refuge: topics for extended essays on Book I; Book II. Aeneas' account of the destruction of Ilium: topics for extended essays on Book II; Some views for general discussion; Appendix: other versions of the sack of Ilium; Total learning vocabulary.

About the Author

Peter Jones was Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne until his retirement. He has written many books for the student of Latin and Greek, most recently Reading Ovid (Cambridge, 2007) and (with Keith Sidwell) the Reading Latin textbook series.


"The accuracy and the rigor of both the line-by-line commentary and the paraphrase/discussion, the validity of the interpretation, the rich understanding and the clear explanation of Virgil's art along with the helpfulness of grammatical and lexical tools make this volume indispensable for those students and readers who are longing to read the first two books of the Virgilian masterpiece in the original language, and for those teachers who are looking for an easy and possibly pleasant approach to introduce their students to the Aeneid." --BMCR "Not only is Jones's Reading Virgil a wonderful addition to the AP Virgil curriculum, but students as well as seasoned readers of Virgil and the epic tradition will truly appreciate all the effort and care that went into producing this exquisite volume. We can hope that Jones will soon follow up with Reading Virgil for Aeneid III-XII." ---New England Classical Journal

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