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Virgil's The Aeneid, Book IV, RealAudio

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Driven by fate to seek a new land for himself, his family, and the survivors of Troy, Aeneas abandons Carthage and his lover Dido. His pietas, his sense of devotion to gods and his people, is nowhere more evident, and nowhere more destructive.

"The story of Dido's tragedy has always been the best known part of the Aeneid. It was a favoured theme in twelfth century French romances; in Chaucer's House of Fame it has twice as much space as the rest of the Aeneid; Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage is among the most familiar dramas on the subject, and the operas of Purcell and Berlioz are well known. It has been said that Dido is the only character created by a Roman poet to pass into world literature." --R.D. Williams, The Aeneid of Virgil, Books 1-6. New York, 1972, p. 332.

Valahfridus (Wilfried) Stroh has held the rank of professor of classical philology at the University of Munich since 1976.  He is particularly interested in Roman love poetry, oratory, prosody, and in Neo-Latin.  Professor Stroh is fond of using Latin in his writing and conversation and, when he encounters young people who are eager for learning, he strives to instruct them in the art of spoken Latin.  He is, with the Czech musiciaJan Novák, the founder and editor of LVDI LATINI, which provides a venue for Latin art and music. 

He has written the following books: Ovid in the Judgement of Posterity, Roman Love Elegy as Courtship Poetry, Arrangement and Strategy (on Cicero’s Court Speeches), Specimens of Latin Versification, Love on the Learned Mount, and various Apocrypha.  He has for the past fifteen years directed the Society for the Staging of the LVDI LATINI, Inc.            

Professor Stroh’s performance of Aeneid Book IV was recorded digitally on April 10, 2000 by musician Georg Spoettl.  Wolfgang Wagner, a school teacher, provided technical assistance. Both Spoettl and Wagner live in Munich.

Valahfridus (siue Wilfried) Stroh inde ab A. D. MCMLXXVI in uniuersitate Monacensi munus professoris ordinarii philologiae classicae exercet. maxime studet rebus amatoriis, oratoriis, metricis, litteris Neolatinis.  Latino sermone et in dicendo et in scribendo saepe uti solet, per colloquia Latina studiosam iuuentutem erudire conatur, interdum etiam carminibus ludit.  una cum Iano Novák musico Moravo condidit et edidit LVDOS LATINOS, in quibus musicis Latinisque artibus locus datur.

Scripsit hos libros: Ovid im Urteil der Nachwelt; Die römische Liebeselegie als werbende Dichtung; Taxis und Taktik (zu Ciceros Gerichtsreden); Proben lateinischer Verskunst; Amor in Monte Docto; Apocrypha (entlegene Schriften).  iam XV annos praeses gubernat Sodalitatem LVDIS LATINIS faciundis e.V.     

a. d. IV Idus Apriles Valahfridus cum Aeneďdos librum quartum legeret a Georgio Spoettl musico Monacensi digitaliter exceptus est adiuvante Wolfgango Wagner grammatico Monacensi.

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