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English Translations of Vergil's Aeneid

We've all been there.  It's late at night, and you're trying to remember whether Richard Stanyhurst's translation came before Alexander Strahan's, or vice versa.  Or maybe you're packing for a vacation at the beach and want to grab a copy of the 1872 translation by Christopher Pearse Cranch before catching your flight.  Fret no more.  We've got you covered.

Listed below are all the English translations of Vergil's Aeneid from the first one in 1553 by Gavin Douglas to whatever is hottest off the press.  If there is a copy to be had, whether online or in print, I have created a link for it, and in the instances where both exist, the print version link ends with -p, and the electronic version link ends with -e.  Some translators published their versions in two volumes, hence two links ending with 1 or 2.  Names highlighted in green indicate that I own a print copy.  Names not highlighted are of those that I do not possess.

Be sure to bookmark this page, for as Vergil once wrote, "Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit." Aeneid I.203.


YearTranslatorLinkLink
1513Gavin Douglastinyurl.com/AeneidDouglas
1557Henry Howard, Earl of Surreytinyurl.com/AeneidSurrey
1582Richard Stanyhursttinyurl.com/AeneidStanyhurst
1584Thomas Phaer and Thomas Twyne
1604John Harrington
1620Thomas Wroth
1632George Sandys
1632John Vicars
1634Robert Stapylton
1654John Ogilby
1656John Denham
1658Sidney Godolphin
1658James Harrington
1658Edmund Waller 
1660Robert Howard
1661John Boys
1664Richard  Fanshawe
1665Charles Cottonhttps://tinyurl.com/AeneidCotton
1685John Drydentinyurl.com/AeneidDryden-etinyurl.com/AeneidDryden-p
1688Luke Milbourne
1704Joseph Addison
1708Richard Maitland, Earl of Lauderdale
1716Nicholas Brady
1718Joseph Trapp
1739Alexander Strahantinyurl.com/AeneidStrahan
1743Joseph Davidsontinyurl.com/AeneidDavidson
1766Robert Andrews
1787John Morrison
1790William Melmouth
1794James Beresfordtinyurl.com/AeneidBeresford
1796Caleb Alexander
1817Charles Symmons
1832William Wordsworth
1833Levi Hart and V. R. Osborn
1853James Henry
1853George Wheeler
1863John Millertinyurl.com/AeneidMiller
1867John Coningtontinyurl.com/AeneidConington
1867John Rose
1870Anonymous, The Aeneid in Modern American
1870E.E. Middletontinyurl.com/AeneidMiddleton
1871Robert Corbet Singleton
1874W. Lucas Collins
1875J. M. Kingtinyurl.com/AeneidKing
1875William Morristinyurl.com/AeneidMorris
1879John Longtinyurl.com/AeneidLong
1879Henry Piercetinyurl.com/AeneidPierce
1883F. W. H. Myers
1884John Wilstach
1885John William Mackailtinyurl.com/AeneidMackail
1886William Thornhilltinyurl.com/AeneidThornhill
1888Oliver Cranetinyurl.com/AeneidCrane
1894Archibald Hamilton Bryce
1896T. A. Buckley
1900Charles Knapptinyurl.com/AeneidKnapp
1903T. H. Delabère Maytinyurl.com/AeneidMay
1905Robert Bridges
1906Charles James Billsontinyurl.com/AeneidBillson
1907James Rhoadestinyurl.com/AeneidRhoades
1907Edward Fairfax Taylortinyurl.com/AeneidTaylor
1908Theodore C. Williamstinyurl.com/AeneidWilliams
1916Arthur Sanders Way
1917Frederick Holland Deweytinyurl.com/AeneidDewey
1921John Jackson
1928Frank Richards
1928Henry S. Salttinyurl.com/AeneidSalt
1930Harlan Hoge Ballardtinyurl.com/AeneidBallard1tinyurl.com/AeneidBallard2
1937Unwin O. Barrett and J.H.O. Johnston
1930s-1950sClive Staples Lewistinyurl.com/AeneidLewis
1951Rolfe Humphriestinyurl.com/AeneidHumphries
1952Cecil Day-Lewistinyurl.com/AeneidDay-Lewis
1953Kevin Guinaghtinyurl.com/AeneidGuinagh
1956W. F. Jackson-Knighttinyurl.com/AeneidJackson-Knight
1959Michael Oakleytinyurl.com/AeneidOakley
1961Patric Thomas Dickinsontinyurl.com/AeneidDickinson
1961Allen Mandelbaumtinyurl.com/AeneidMandelbaum
1964James H. Mantinband
1975Frank O. Copleytinyurl.com/AeneidCopley
1983Robert Fitzgeraldtinyurl.com/AeneidFitzgerald
1986C. H. Sissontinyurl.com/AeneidSisson
1995Edward McCrorietinyurl.com/AeneidMcCrorie
2002Anthony S. Klinetinyurl.com/AeneidKline
2003David Westtinyurl.com/AeneidWest
2004Richard S. Caldwelltinyurl.com/AeneidCaldwell
2005G. B. Cobboldtinyurl.com/AeneidCobbold
2005Stanley Lombardotinyurl.com/AeneidLombardo
2006Robert Faglestinyurl.com/AeneidFagles
2007Frederick Ahltinyurl.com/AeneidAhl
2008Sarah Rudentinyurl.com/AeneidRuden
2013Howard Felperintinyurl.com/AeneidFelperin
2013Seamus Heaneytinyurl.com/AeneidHeaney
2015Barry Powelltinyurl.com/AeneidPowell
2017David Ferrytinyurl.com/AeneidFerry
2020Len Krisaktinyurl.com/AeneidKrisak
2021Shadi Bartschtinyurl.com/AeneidBartsch

 

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If you know of other English translations of the Aeneid that I have missed or if you have links to online or print versions that are missing from this chart, please email me at aeneidtranslator@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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What People Are Saying

How wonderful -- a great resource for having students evaluate different versions once they have good comprehension of a given passage.  I'll be recommending to my Vergil tutorial students!

Rick LaFleur

Award-winning Classics professor and author, University of Georgia