The Aeneid Vergil, Sarah Ruden

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
26 Jun 2009
ISBN:
9780300151411
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 210 x 130mm

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A major new blank verse translation of Vergil’s epic masterpiece

This extraordinary new translation of Vergil's Aeneid stands alone among modern translations for its accuracy and poetic appeal. Sarah Ruden, a lyric poet in her own right, renders the classic poem in the same number of lines as the original work—a very rare feat that maintains technical fidelity to the original without diminishing its emotional power.
 
Ruden’s translation follows Vergil’s content faithfully, and the economy and fast pace she achieves are true to his own unflagging narrative force. With its central theme of national destiny versus. the destiny of individuals, the poem has great resonance in our own times, and Ruden adheres closely to the poet’s message. Her rendering of Vergil’s words gives immediacy to his struggling faith that history has beauty and purpose in spite of its pain. With this distinguished translation, modern readers can experience for themselves the timeless power of Vergil's masterpiece.

Sarah Ruden’s previous translations include Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Petronius' Satyricon. She is a visiting scholar at Yale Divinity School.


“Robert Fagles, shortly before his death, set the bar very high for translating Vergil’s Aeneid. Yet already the scholar-poet Sarah Ruden has soared over the bar.... alive in every part....This is the first translation since Dryden’s that can be read as a great English poem in itself.”
- Garry Wills, New York Review of Books