Surbiton High School

The man from Mantua

Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius

Celebrating a 2000 year legacy

This week saw the 2083rd anniversary of the birth of Publius Vergilius Maro; arguably Rome’s greatest poet, a man whose work has had a profound influence on Western literature for two millennia.

His epic poem The Aeneid, which tells the story of the hero Aeneas’s escape from the destruction of Troy and his quest to fulfil his destiny to found the Roman empire, has been considered a great work of literature from the time it was written to the present day, and has been studied, analysed and interpreted both in the original and in translation by countless …read more