Aeneid

The fate of the Aeneid: A burning question

We have all heard stories of "book burnings" that leave us with a sense of horror at the irretrievable loss of priceless literary and artistic treasures. In some cases, as in the burning of the Library of Alexandria, the true cause of the burning will probably never be known. In other cases, a specific political intent to suppress the content of the books is the cause, as in widespread book… Read more

Book Club | February 2017: Virgil Aeneid

"when Anchises, my father, ordered us to set sail with destiny: I left my native shore with tears, the harbour and the fields where Troy once stood. I travelled the deep, an exile, with my friends and my son, and the great gods of our house." This month's selection picks up the story of Aeneas on his wanderings, and his encounter with Dido—Virgil's Aeneid Books 3 and 4. Read more

Gallery: Virgil and Augustan Period

Virgil, who lived during the same era as Augustus, wrote the Aeneid. This epic poem tells the story of the Trojan hero Aeneas and his adventures to found a new city in Italy and to start a new generation for the beginning of Rome. Augustus is cited several times in the Aeneid. This Gallery will show pictures of art inspired from the Aeneid and from the Roman Republic, and the… Read more

Book Club | Virgil: Aeneid

Our December Book Club selection is Book 1 and Book 2 of Virgil's Aeneid. I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate, first came from the coast of Troy to Italy, and to Lavinian shores – hurled about endlessly by land and sea, by the will of the gods, by cruel Juno’s remorseless anger, long suffering also in war, until he founded a city... Read more