Originally Posted by rkomar
I was really enjoying it until Book 6 (the visit to the underworld). That kind of put the brakes on my enthusiasm, but I'm determined to finish it this weekend. It helps to know that sun surfer found her(?) favourite part further in the story yet.
Book 6 is the heart of the Aeneid, thematically as well as positionally. It's arguably the most important book in the Aeneid. Before book 6, Aeneas is fleeing from Troy; after book 6, he's working towards the foundation of what will become Rome. Everything changes with book 6.
Most modern readers enjoy the first half of the Aeneid more than the second half, but the opposite was true in the ancient world: the first 6 books were considered to be good, but the second 6 books the true work of genius.