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NA427812 - VIRGIL: Aeneid (Abridged)





The masterpiece of Rome’s greatest poet, Virgil’s Aeneid has inspired generations of readers and holds a central place in Western literature. The

epic tells the story of a group of refugees from the ruined city of Troy, whose attempts to reach a promised land in the West are continually frustrated by the hostile goddess Juno. Finally reaching Italy, their leader Aeneas is forced to fight a bitter war against the natives to establish the foundations from which Rome is destined to rise. This magnificent poem, in the modern translation by C. Day Lewis, is superbly read by Paul Scofield with Jill Balcon, Toby Stephens and cast.


Verse translation by C. Day Lewis



In the 1940s Paul Scofield played at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and at Stratford-upon-Avon. He has appeared in innumerable plays in London, seasons with Sir John Gielgud and with Peter Brook and starred in A Man for all Seasons in London and New York; for its film version he won an Oscar. Appearances in films, television and radio. CBE in 1956. Companion of Honour 2001. He performs the title role in the Naxos Audiobooks production of King Lear.

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