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  • The Aeneid

    by Virgil and David Ferry (translator)
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    The Aeneid

David Ferry

presents

The Aeneid

with an introduction by ROBERT PINSKY

This event includes a book signing

Date

Dec
4
Monday
December 4, 2017
6:30 PM
(Doors at 6:00)

Location

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning poet and translator DAVID FERRY for a discussion of his translation of Virgil's Aeneid. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning poet and critic, former poet laureate, and Boston University professor ROBERT PINSKY. This event is co-sponsored by Mass Humanities.

About The Aeneid

“I sing of arms and the man . . . ”
 
So begins the Aeneid, greatest of Western epic poems. Virgil’s story of the journey of Aeneas has been a part of our cultural heritage for so many centuries that it’s all too easy to lose sight of the poem itself—of its brilliantly cinematic depiction of the sack of Troy; the monstrous hunger of the harpies; the intensity of Dido’s love for the hero, and the blackness of her despair; and the violence that Aeneas and his men must endure before they can settle in Italy and build the civilization whose roots we still claim as our own.

This new translation brings Virgil’s masterpiece newly to life for English-language readers. It’s the first in centuries crafted by a translator who is first and foremost a poet, and it is a glorious thing. David Ferry has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the Aeneid the same genius, rendering Virgil’s formal metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In Ferry’s hands, the Aeneid becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, of devotion and death. Never before have Virgil’s twin gifts of poetic language and urgent, compelling storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. Ferry’s Aeneid will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil, and the perfect entry point for new readers.
 
“Aurora rose, spreading her pitying light,
And with it bringing back to sight the labors
Of sad mortality, what men have done,
And what has been done to them; and what they must do
To mourn.”
 
The ships are ready to sail. The journey, from the fall of Troy to the birth of Rome, is about to begin. Join us.

Praise

"Ferry's Aeneid can be read with excitement and pleasure." —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"An outstanding achievement." —Susan Kristol, Weekly Standard

"Ferry's rendition of The Aeneid has allowed me to look at this epic with fresh eyes and as a result has given me a new enthusiasm and excitement for The Aeneid which I never thought would be possible since I have translated it from the Latin on my own and have read various English versions of it so many times. It is astounding that in 2006, at the age of 82, Ferry undertook the most formidable and difficult work of his career by beginning his translation of The Aeneid. At an age when most literary and academic careers are winding down, Ferry has done his very best and most ambitious work." —Open Letters Monthly

David Ferry
David Ferry

David Ferry

David Ferry is the author of a number of books of poetry and has translated several works from classical languages. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1998, was awarded the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement in 2011 and won the 2012 National Book Award for Poetry for Bewilderment.

Robert Pinsky
Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is the author of several books of poetry, including Gulf Music, Jersey RainThe Want Bone, and The Figured Wheel. His bestselling translation of The Inferno of Dante sets a modern standard. He was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2000. Among his awards and honors are the William Carlos Williams Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the Korean Manhae Prize, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN American Center. He teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Boston University.

Find transportation and parking details here. On arrival at the library, take the elevator down to the Lecture Hall.

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

This event will take place at the Main Branch of the Cambridge Public Library (in the Lecture Hall), located at 449 Broadway in Cambridge. Seating and elevator access to the lecture hall begins at the noted "doors" time.

A 70-car underground parking garage with access from Broadway is available when the library is open. It costs 25 cents for every 15 minutes of parking. You may pay by using quarters or credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

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Co-Sponsored by the Cambridge Public Library

Cambridge Public Library

The Cambridge Public Library serves as a doorway to opportunity, self-development, and recreation for all its residents, and as a forum where they may share ideas, cultures, and resources among themselves and with people around the globe. Learn more at cambridgema.gov/cpl.

Co-Sponsored by Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities conducts and supports programs that use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts. Learn more at masshumanities.org.

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