"The Aeneid" represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy. He fights and wins a war against mighty Turnus and his Latins, thereby founding the city of Rome and beginning that line of Roman aristocracy which was to end with the great Caesars. With this mighty epic, Virgil glorified the Roman Empire and Augustus in the divine light of Olympian predestination, suggesting a higher power at work in the affairs of Rome. But ultimately, "The Aeneid" suggests that violence cannot be justified, and that mankind must deal with the consequences of violence whether born of malevolent gods or men.
This week, the audio book version of Virgil's The Aeneid has made it into the top 50 bestsellers in the Poetry category. You can legally download or stream this audio book and listen to it for free at Spotify, Deezer, and in high quality at Audible.