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Ep. 119—The World’s First Media Celebrity

Acclaimed translator Sarah Ruden talks with us about her new biography, Vergil: The Poet’s Life. In this volume of the Ancient Lives Series, Ruden uses evidence from Roman life and history alongside Vergil’s own writings to make careful deductions to reconstruct his life.

Through her intimate knowledge of Vergil’s work, she brings to life a poet who was committed to creating something astonishingly new and memorable, even at great personal cost.

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