Virgil  The Aeneid
If Homer's Iliad and Odyssey rank as masterpieces of myth-making
and story-telling, the Aeneid represents the birth of epic as great
literature.  Inspired by these Greek examples, Virgil aimed at nothing
less than creating his own counterpart, a national epic that would
look back to the same Trojan war that had captivated Homer, and
carry the story forward to the creation of Rome.   
TIPS FOR READERS

The translation by
Robert Fitzgerald is
perhaps a step below
his masterful
rendition of the
Odyssey, but
remains a moving
poetic rendering in
English of Virgil's
Latin.