Vergil's Aeneid: A Poem of Grief and Love

Vergil's Aeneid: A Poem of Grief and Love

by Farron
     
 

This book argues that the Aeneid's main purpose is to present a series of emotionally gripping episodes, not to praise Aeneas and his mission, criticize them or express "two voices" concerning them. Furthermore this approach explains what happens in the Aeneid better than the assumption that its purpose is to propound a message, that is how it was

Overview

This book argues that the Aeneid's main purpose is to present a series of emotionally gripping episodes, not to praise Aeneas and his mission, criticize them or express "two voices" concerning them. Furthermore this approach explains what happens in the Aeneid better than the assumption that its purpose is to propound a message, that is how it was usually regarded into the nineteenth century and that is what the ancient Greek and Romans regarded as the primary purpose of literature.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'...he deserves credit for his courage and originality.'
Nicholas Horsfall, Vergilius, 1993.
'...this book laudably stresses the emotional impact of the Aeneid, and contains much interesting material on romantic and emotional elements in ancient literarture.'
S.J. Harrison, Classical Review, 1995.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004096615
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Mnemosyne, Supplements Series, #12
Pages:
174
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Farron is Associate Professor of Classics in the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has published extensively on the Aeneid in e.g. Acta Classica, Greece and Rome, Vergilius, and Enciclopedia Virgiliana.

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