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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 Didos tragedy has always been the best known part of the Aeneid It was a favoured theme in twelfth century French romances in Chaucers House of Fame it has twice as much space as the rest of the Aeneid Marlowes 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 --RD 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 Novk 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 Ciceros 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 Strohs 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
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