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In Search of Aeneas

Classical Myth or Bronze Age Hero?

«'I found this publication to be very well researched and entertaining. If you have an interest in the mythical man behind the legend or Greco-Roman mythology, I highly recommend reading it.'»

Digging up the Past, May 2024

Aeneas is one of the most prominent heroes who fought at Troy, as told in Homer’s Iliad, and he is the subject of Virgil’s Aeneid. Both works lie at the heart of western civilisation and are fantastic adventures involving love and war, journeys across wine-dark seas and the destruction and founding of cities. Les mer

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Aeneas is one of the most prominent heroes who fought at Troy, as told in Homer’s Iliad, and he is the subject of Virgil’s Aeneid. Both works lie at the heart of western civilisation and are fantastic adventures involving love and war, journeys across wine-dark seas and the destruction and founding of cities.

Anthony Adolph analyses all the Greek and Roman myths about Aeneas to create the biography of a character who, though heavily fictionalised, may well have been a real person. In Search of Aeneas is essential reading for anyone interested in the links between classical mythology and ancient history, and the great empires of the Mediterranean.

The author transports the reader on a fabulous journey in Aeneas’s footsteps through the archaeological sites of the ancient world, from Troy to Rome. He cuts through the complexities of the classical texts and academic papers, explaining what they say about Aeneas in straightforward terms. By rooting the myths in real places, he makes them more comprehensible, especially for newcomers to the story.

Rather than be daunted by Aeneas as a semi-divine, mythological figure, Adolph has approached him as any genealogist should treat an ancestor, seeking to understand him in the context of his family and the era, and builds on the growing academic view that the core of the Iliad is based on real events.

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Forlag
Amberley Publishing
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781398105362
Utgivelsesår
2023
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Anthony Adolph is a professional genealogist, broadcaster and writer of numerous books on ancestry and general history. He has presented TV shows such as Extraordinary Ancestors and Gene Detectives, along with Radio 4's Meet the Descendants.

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«'I found this publication to be very well researched and entertaining. If you have an interest in the mythical man behind the legend or Greco-Roman mythology, I highly recommend reading it.'»

Digging up the Past, May 2024

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