Troubador Vergil Aeneid

Released: 28/04/2022

ISBN: 9781803131801

eISBN: 9781803139128

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Vergil Aeneid

Book VI Translation


Through this verse translation of Vergil's Book VI of the Aeneid we journey with Aeneas through the Underworld to meet his father. Accompanied by Sibyl, the prophetess, who instructs him first to pluck the Golden Bough that will ensure his safe passage, Aeneas descends into the Underworld where he passes crowds of the dead waiting to be ferried across the river Styx before being carried across himself by Charon the Ferryman. 

We encounter monsters of legend like Cerberus the three headed dog who guards the gates of the Underworld, and dead souls in the Field of Mourning who are resigned with regret to their fate. We are moved by the plight of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas’ lover who took her own life when he abandoned her. 

It’s a tale full of terror, sadness and longing but also of courage and resolve – rich in vivid poetic imagery to fire the imagination.

This is a really fascinating translation using Vergil's original classical hexameter metre. The book is beautifully produced too.

by David Hunter

I recommend this new verse translation of Aeneid V1. It is accurate, poetic and uses the same hexameter meter as the original. It is a joy to read!

by Anna Fairbank

I was so impressed with this book I sent a copy to a distant cousin who now has it as top of her reading list .

by Bill Carter

David  Pritchard

Brought up in the North East, David now lives in North London. Married with two grown up sons and a granddaughter, he recently retired giving him the opportunity to rediscover Latin literature and former pursuits such as chess. He continues to be a keen follower of athletics and rugby.

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