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The story of Virgil's Aeneid composed from about BC is straightforward. The Trojan prince Aeneas escapes the destruction of Troy by the Greeks and sets sail with his father Anchises and his son Ascanius in search of a new home. He has divine support from his mother, Venus, but is implacably opposed by Juno, while Jupiter holds the ring and fate provides a wild card. A great storm casts Aeneas's ships ashore at Carthage, where he is tempted to remain with Queen Dido. Destiny compels him to leave, and the betrayed and heartbroken Dido kills herself, ensuring the enmity of Carthage towards Rome, whose remote progenitor is Aeneas.

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The Roman poet Virgil spent the last 11 years of his life writing the "Aeneid," an epic poem of a hero's journey from Troy to Italy, styled on Homer's "Odyssey" and "Iliad.

Frederick Ahl, Cornell professor of classics and comparative literature, has published a new translation for Oxford University Press, in an effort of labor that rivals Virgil's. But it's taken me most of my life to understand it. What distinguishes this "Aeneid" is Ahl's use of Virgil's original meter and his line-by-line restoration of the poet's wordplay, an element often lost in translation. But the ancients found that humor and earnestness went side by side. Almost all life contains the elements of the humorous and the pathetic and the touching -- and an epic poem certainly does.

Virgil created something like a symphony, Ahl said, except with "all the music notes for a score on one line. And if we ignore these multiple resonances then we are doing something akin to playing Beethoven on a tin whistle. Virgil's epic, Ahl said, "is faceted like a diamond. What one sees is dependent on the light you hold it under. His lines aren't words that simply tumble out in a sort of psychedelic freefall. The writing of the 'Aeneid' was done with minute precision by Virgil.

Ahl's use of Virgil's dactylic or "heroic" hexameter in English has aroused some puzzling comment, he said. Perhaps this is simply a rude way of saying that they do not like the hexameters I have written, since I've written thousands of hexameters in the course of translating the 'Aeneid. Service and Eric Ormsby. Ahl said he tried "to create a translation that was as literal as possible," staying close to the original Latin and still providing a good read in English.

Students frequently "don't get a sense of what the original rhythm and the sound of the original are until they get at least some practice in reading the text aloud," he said. Ahl has also written new theatrical versions of the "Oedipus" tragedies by both Seneca and Sophocles, which were staged at Risley Theater.

He is writing a book on Gilbert and Sullivan, "mostly on Gilbert and the genius of his writing," he said. The common thread is that everything is logically interconnected. A paperback edition of Ahl's "Aeneid" comes out in July, and Ahl plans to record a reading of it for compact disc. But this is hardly the last word on Virgil's classic, he said.

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The Roman poet Virgil spent the last 11 years of his life writing the "Aeneid," an epic poem of a hero's journey from Troy to Italy, styled on Homer's "Odyssey" and "Iliad. Frederick Ahl, Cornell professor of classics and comparative literature, has published a new translation for Oxford University Press, in an effort of labor that rivals Virgil's. But it's taken me most of my life to understand it. What distinguishes this "Aeneid" is Ahl's use of Virgil's original meter and his line-by-line restoration of the poet's wordplay, an element often lost in translation. But the ancients found that humor and earnestness went side by side. Almost all life contains the elements of the humorous and the pathetic and the touching -- and an epic poem certainly does. Virgil created something like a symphony, Ahl said, except with "all the music notes for a score on one line.

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