- Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
- Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
- Release date: 08-22-23
Vergil By Sarah Ruden AudioBook summary
A biography of Vergil, Rome’s greatest poet, by the acclaimed translator of the Aeneid
The Aeneid stands as a towering work of Classical Roman literature and a gripping dramatization of the best and worst of human nature. In the process of creating this epic poem, Vergil (70–19 BCE) became the world’s first media celebrity, a living legend.
But the real Vergil is a shadowy figure; we know that he was born into a modest rural family, that he led a private and solitary life, and that, in spite of poor health and unusual emotional vulnerabilities, he worked tirelessly to achieve exquisite new effects in verse. Vergil’s most famous work, the Aeneid, was commissioned by the emperor Augustus, who published the epic despite Vergil’s dying wish that it be destroyed.