Preview: Funnier Than Virgil

Virgil’s Aeneid is one of the central works of European literature, and you may not know anyone who has read it.

Commissioned by the emperor Augustus to memorialise the birth of Rome and to adorn his own reign, the poem’s twelve books follow the hero Aeneas from the ruins of Troy to the war-torn shores of Italy. Aeneas fights tempests, mutiny, angry gods and the implacable march of his own destiny. It is a charmless masterpiece, but a vital one.

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