The Labors of Aeneas: What a Pain It Was to Found the Roman Race

The Labors of Aeneas: What a Pain It Was to Found the Roman Race

The Labors of Aeneas: What a Pain It Was to Found the Roman Race

The Labors of Aeneas: What a Pain It Was to Found the Roman Race

Synopsis

Ten charmingly illustrated Latin stories--with facing notes and full vocabulary--about an enterprising dancing monkey, Pilosus Naso. His adventures introduce students to classic tales, from the Odyssey to Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis. A proven ancillary reader that keeps students coming back to class!

Excerpt

Tantae molis erat Romanam condere gentem!

What a pain it was to found the Roman race!

Aeneid Book I, 33

Sometimes it helps to have been dead a thousand years before someone writes your life story. Over the centuries, time hopefully will have obscured the unheroic little details – you were a perfect grouch at breakfast, always wanted to be the star of every occasion, or threw things at servants and comrades on the slightest provocation. Of course a few facts like that might have brightened the picture of Aeneas, who too often comes through as one of those “Ave, Imperator” statues with which the Roman world is littered. The trouble with Aeneas is that he never got a chance to relax between battles, betrayals, and hair-raising sea voyages. He was also dead set on doing his duty, which can become an awful bore. He had his foibles, follies, and grins, however; being Father of the Race does have a few racy moments. This little book, huffing and puffing, follows Aeneas as he stravages across the Mediterranean world, meeting bleeding bushes, lovesick queens, nasty goddesses, fierce enemies, and ladies with monsters growing out of their hips. Small wonder his hair stands on end and his voice is stuck in his throat a good part of the time. In the end, however, he did succeed in founding the Roman race, as anyone who ever got in their way and untold millions of long-suffering history students can attest.

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