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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40,405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virgil Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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This is a BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Virgil's sweeping epic, starring Ralph Fiennes as Aeneas and Derek Jacobi as the Narrator. One of the classics of all time, The Aeneid was Virgil's last and greatest work. In it, he recounts in vivid imagery the legendary origin of the Roman Empire.

The story begins after the Greeks have destroyed the city of Troy. The Trojan Prince Aeneas, defeated and depressed, leads his remaining citizens to a new land and a new destiny foretold by the Gods. The journey to the west coast of Italy is full of adventure, love, betrayal and suffering.

On the island of Carthage, Aeneas meets Queen Dido who shelters his people. The two fall in love, but their happiness comes to a tragic end. Once in Italy, all seems hopeful, but soon rivalries develop between Aeneas and local powers and war breaks out...

Using a version of The Aeneid translated by C. Day Lewis, this memorable performance is put on by a star cast including Anna Massey, Gina McKee, Diana Quick and Eleanor Bron.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baxter Trautman | 1/10/2014

    " Have to read it with The Guide to Classical Mythology on my lap but it's what the character in my novel is parsing through. He is taken, as am I, with the parallels of war and place despite the distance of centuries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 RK Byers | 1/9/2014

    " Virgil should leave Homer to Homer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bernard Norcott-mahany | 1/7/2014

    " A very readable translation of the "Aeneid." It won the National Book Award the year it came out and remains one of the better translations of Vergil's epic. It's also usually quite inexpensive which might make this the translation to get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/26/2013

    " I'm really not sure what the plot is here. It's about the founding of Rome, I guess, but things seem to wander. I'm reviewing a bit late, but it didn't make sense to me when I read it either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle Sanzone | 12/22/2013

    " More of my Troy readings....i love the classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/15/2013

    " This is an absolutely beautiful book. The poetic nature of it was amazing, fantastic Virgil! Why only four stars then, you ask? Because its so poetic you have no idea what the heck is going on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/11/2013

    " Enjoyed reading this with a class at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture; cultural context made it very enjoyable, but it's a curious text if approached with a modern mentality! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 10/18/2013

    " Enjoyed it but too many battles and too few adventures. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Coco | 10/17/2013

    " Good heavens, this is incredibly violent. Book twelve is just beheadings. So is book eleven. And book ten... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wachlin007 Hotmail | 9/28/2013

    " This is the story of how Aeneas escapes from Troy after the Trojan War and goes to Italy. Supposedly, Aeneas founded the Roman line. This book is one of the great classics of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara | 7/17/2013

    " My first grown-up book! I read it before I ever learnt abour Rome or about Latin, and it is a great story quite in its own right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 7/14/2013

    " Just as great the third time through. I really enjoyed this prose translation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Biobi Wan | 5/1/2013

    " I read this about once a year "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kapmando | 4/6/2013

    " This book was good, and I love Fitzgerald translations; they keep the source material in the translations while making it accessible as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calilibrarian | 1/9/2013

    " Robert Fitzgerald is one of the best translators of this excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Poni | 10/10/2012

    " This is a monster book I have to admit, but it's still a great story and a wonderful translation by Robert Fagles. "

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About the Author
Author Virgil

Virgil (70–19 BC), regarded as the greatest Roman poet, was born in a small village near Mantua in Northern Italy and attended school at Cremona, Milan, and Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine, and rhetoric. He devoted his life, from 30 to 19 BC, to the composition of The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome.

About the Narrator

Eleanor Bron is an English actress whose stage career includes many productions, such as The Clean House, All about My Mother, and In Extremis. On television she has appeared in Fat Friends, Ted and Alice, Hippies, Vanity Fair, and as Patsy’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. Her film credits include Wimbledon, Iris, and The Little Princess.