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The Aeneid in Latin

This website offers the complete Latin texts of Virgil's three surviving poems: The Eclogues, The Georgics, and the Aeneid.

Virgil.org

Your one-stop information center for all things Virgil.

"The Secret Life of a Very Private Poet"

One professor's (somewhat speculative) account of Virgil's life based on the available evidence, and the connections between his life and his art.

Movie or TV Productions

Troy, 2004

The fall of Troy sequence toward the end of this movie features a brief cameo of Aeneas, who, for some reason, looks like he's about fifteen years old.

The Trojan Horse, 1961

An Italian adaptation of the first half of the Aeneid.

The Avenger, 1962

Sequel to The Trojan Horse (see above); recounts the second half of the Aeneid.

Historical Documents

Augustus: The First Roman Emperor

A collection of documents pertaining to Caesar Augustus, whose consolidation of power provides the political background for the Aeneid.

The Thirteenth Book of the Aeneid

An alternate ending, by Pier Candido Decembrio.

Video

First Lines: The Aeneid
Professor John Kirby of Purdue University reads the opening of Book 1 in Latin and also provides discussion of the art of Virgil's poetry, and the main themes of his epic.

Audio

Readings from the poem

This website features readings from the Aeneid (and other works of classical poetry) in Latin and English by current and former members of the Harvard Department of the Classics.

Book 4 in Latin

German Professor Wilfried Stroh reads Book 4 of Virgil's poem in Latin.

Images

Aeneas carrying Anchises

This ancient figurine depicts the iconic moment of Aeneas's escape from Troy with his father Anchises on his back.

Aeneas and Dido Mosaic

This image of Aeneas and Dido in the woods comes from a mosaic from a Roman villa discovered near Low Ham in Somerset, England

A sixteenth-century take on Aeneas's escape from Troy

Click on the image to get a larger view of this painting by Frederico Barocci. The short accompanying note gives a sense of how the myth of Aeneas continued to be politically important even a millennium after the fall of the Roman Empire.

War of Troy Tapestry

A tapestry depicting the Trojan War, found at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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