A Live Marathon Reading of Virgil’s Aeneid


Aeneas’ Flight from Troy by Federico Barocci

By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian

Tomorrow is the Ides of March, the day that lives on in infamy as the day Caesar was assassinated, as foretold by the Fates.

To celebrate, Western Michigan University students, faculty, and community are having a marathon reading of Virgil’s The Aeneid.  The event, known as “To Hell and Back On The Ides Of March,” will begin at 11 AM at Knauss Hall on WMU’s campus and will last over 13 hours.

You can join the event either physically or view from anywhere by a virtual live stream. Check the event’s website or Facebook page for parking and virtual stream information.

The Aeneid is a nearly 10,000 line epic poem that tells the story of Aeneas, a Trojan who journeys to Italy and becomes a Roman ancestor.  Split over two books, the first half details the trials and tribulations of his journey from Troy, while the second book details his adventures and eventual war with the Latins. According to Wikipedia, The Aeneid

“…at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy, explained the Punic wars, glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy.”

For more information, you can check out the Wikipedia article on The Aeneid or check out the library, where we have numerous copies of Aeneid available in electronic and print forms.  If reading The Aeneid has whet your whistle in epic poetry, we also have  Greek epic poetry, Latin epic poetry,  and Old English epic poetry as well.


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