I was on a binge of reading classics when I got to this – it’s set after the Trojan war, with the losers running off to start their own new town (Rome, eventually).
It starts off amazingly:
“I sing of arms and the man, he who, exiled by fate,
first came from the coast of Troy to Italy..”
What a start – brilliant. Out of the flames and ashes of Troy, he carries his father on his back and holds his son’s hand to escape.
Too bad after that it’s all down hill boring stuff. When it comes to the Classics, it’s certainly no Tacitus.
Besides the opener, my favourite bit was this description of Rumour:
It’s OK I suppose, if you like this kind of thing.