In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid

by Penelope Lively

Hardcover, 2006



Call number

398.2 Liv

Call number

398.2 Liv

Local notes

398.2 Liv





Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2006), Hardcover, 128 pages


Based on Virgil's magnificent poem 'The Aeneid', this retelling of a great classical story sees Aeneas flee from the sacked city of Troy with a daunting mission. He has been entrusted by his goddess mother Venus to find a new homeland for his people.

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Physical description

128 p.; 11.24 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member jmoncton
A children's version of Virgil's The Aeneid. I picked up this book, because I want to listen to The Aeneid (after Lars' intersting review!)and I thought this would be a good quick overview of the story. Similar to The Iliad and The Odyssey, it is an epic story of how the Greek gods are beings with
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supernatural powers, but the jealousies and emotions of mere mortals. This book is the story of how the Trojans are fated to flee after their defeat in the Trojan War and start a new nation in Rome. However, due to the intervention of the gods, their path is filled with treachery and war. I was looking for a 'Cliff Notes' summary of The Aeneid, but this book ended up being so much more. The story line was interesting and the interpretation was very readable. What made this really fun were the great illustrations. Ok, now I'm ready for The Aeneid.
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LibraryThing member the4otts
This is the retelling of the Odyssey - in Roman mythology/history versus the Odyssey which is Greek mythology/history. If you have read Black Ships Before Troy and The Wanderings of Odysseus then this is simply the Roman version of those stories - mostly The Wanderings of Odysseus. Beautiful
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LibraryThing member cbl_tn
This illustrated retelling of the Aeneid for middle readers also works as a review/summary for adults. It would be easy enough to picture the action without the illustrations thanks to Penelope Lively's descriptive language. Ian Andrew's color pencil illustrations have an impressionistic feel. The
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text and the illustrations could each stand on their own, but they don't mesh as well as they should. Some of the text details are either different or missing in the illustrations. The map and the pronunciation guide are both useful. I would have liked a character glossary as well.
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½ (16 ratings; 3.6)
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