The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic

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This volume presents a collection of pieces from a celebrated world-class scholar and interpreter of Latin poetry, focusing on the interpretation of Virgil's Aeneid.. It forms the sequel to two widely influential earlier books on Virgil by the same author and translates and adds to a collection of papers published in Italian in 2002. Its central concern is the way in which Virgil reworks earlier poetry (especially that of Homer) at the most detailed level to produce very broad literary and emotional effects. Gian...

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Overview

This volume presents a collection of pieces from a celebrated world-class scholar and interpreter of Latin poetry, focusing on the interpretation of Virgil's Aeneid.. It forms the sequel to two widely influential earlier books on Virgil by the same author and translates and adds to a collection of papers published in Italian in 2002. Its central concern is the way in which Virgil reworks earlier poetry (especially that of Homer) at the most detailed level to produce very broad literary and emotional effects. Gian Biaggio Conte explores a central issue in Virgilian studies, that of how the Aeneid manages to create a new and effective mode of epic in a period when the genre appears to be debased or exhausted.

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"[R]eaders will welcome this collection of papers on Virgilian epic by an Italian scholar who has greatly influenced English-language Latin literary studies."—J. D. Reed, The Classical Review

"[This volume] presents the Virgilian community with not only a well-deserved tribute to the father of a modern school of interpretive study of the Aeneid but also a conveinent summary of the state of res Vergilianae at the dawn of the new millennium. Conte gives some quite underappreciated passages of Virgil's epic of blood and honor close, insightful readings, and Harrison is to be congratulated for overseeing a challenging and eminently worthwhile project. Every scholar interested in Augustan epic will need to consult this volume and less-experienced readers will find much that is accessible and valuable for work on Roman literature. One of the most welcome new Virgil titles of the year —one that gives an Anglophone audience an opportunity to appreciate Conte's magisterial work on the poem." —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199287017
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/12/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gian Biagio Conte is Professor of Latin Literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa.
S. J. Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.

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