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August 31, 1981
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Excerpt from The Aeneid of Virgil by Allen Mandelbaum
I sing of arms and of a man: his fate
had made him fugitive; he was the first
to journey from the coasts of Troy as far
as Italy and the Lavinian shores.
Across the lands and waters he was battered 
beneath the violence of High Ones, for
the savage Juno's unforgetting anger;
and many sufferings were his in war--
until he brought a city into being
and carried in his gods to Latium; 
from this have come the Latin race, the lords
of Alba, and the ramparts of high Rome.
Tell me the reason, Muse: what was the wound
to her divinity, so hurting her
that she, the queen of gods, compelled a man 
remarkable for goodness to endure
so many crises, meet so many trials
Can such resentment hold the minds of gods
There was an ancient city they called Carthage--
a colony of refugees from Tyre -- 
a city facing Italy, but far
away from Tiber's mouth: extremely rich
and, when it came to waging war, most fierce.
This land was Juno's favorite -- it is said--
more dear than her own Samos; here she kept 
her chariot and armor; even then
the goddess had this hope and tender plan: