Augustus and the greatness of Rome

In Book 1 of the Aeneid, Jupiter promises Venus that her son, Aeneas, will not be prevented by the enmity of Juno, Queen of the Gods, from founding a dynasty that will produce the city of Rome and the great Augustus.

In the illustration, Augustus cuts a figure that is no less imposing than Virgil’s descriptions of his mighty ancestor.

Hear Virgil’s original Latin and follow in a new English translation here.