The Aeneid

Ralph Fiennes and Derek Jacobi star in a two-part dramatisation of Virgil's epic poem, translated by C Day Lewis and adapted in two parts by Tom Holland.

With Anna Massey, Gina Mckee, Diana Quick, and Andrew Sachs.

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Ralph Fiennes and Derek Jacobi star in a two-part dramatisation of Virgil's epic poem, translated by C Day Lewis and adapted in two parts by Tom Holland.

With Anna Massey, Gina Mckee, Diana Quick, and Andrew Sachs.

After the fall of Troy, Prince Aeneas is forced to seek a new land and a new destiny.

His adventures take him to Carthage, where he falls in love with Queen Dido, but their happiness comes to a tragic end.

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1/2. Aeneas is a faithful husband, a loving father, and a devoted son. He's a good soldier too, and when the city of Troy is threatened, all he wants to do is to defend his home. For ten long years he fights against the invading Greeks. Then one day the ghost of a long-dead comrade appears to him on the battlefield, telling him to stop fighting and run. The future of the Trojan people lies elsewhere, and if Aeneas is to lead them, he must survive. So, with his frail father on his back, and his son in his arms, Aeneas abandons Troy and sets out on his quest. Caught between love, duty and fate, he'll travel across storm-tossed oceans, have a passionate but doomed affair, and suffer terrible personal loss, as he ventures to the very depths of Hell to discover his glorious destiny.

This brand new adaptation of Virgil's epic poem, by award-winning writer Hattie Naylor, uses Robert Fagles' translation.

The music was composed by Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC Singers, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. The soloist is Cherith Milburn-Fryer. Percussion by Joby Burgess.

Production Coordinator: Scott Handcock

Sound design: Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, produced and directed by Kate McAll.

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After many trials and tribulations, Trojan prince Aeneas and his men arrive on the west coast of Italy.

Soon war breaks out with local rivals.

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Aeneas has a terrifying journey to the Underworld where he meets his father's ghost.

Episode 2 of Hattie Naylor's adaptation of Virgil, from the translation by Robert Fagles.

Unaware that Dido is dead, Aeneas leaves Carthage and sails to Sicily, where he meets the Cumaean Sibyl. She leads him down to the Underworld, where he sees the terrible punishments meted out to the wicked, has a shocking encounter in the Fields of Mourning, and learns more about the future from his father's ghost.

The music was composed by Will Gregory, arranged by Ian Gardiner, and performed by the BBC Singers, conducted by Matthew Hamilton. The soloist was Cherith Milburn-Fryer. Percussion was by Joby Burgess.

Production Coordinator: Scott Handcock

Sound design: Nigel Lewis

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, produced and directed by Kate McAll.