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In Vergil's Empire, Eve Adler offers an exciting new interpretation of the political thought of Vergil's Aeneid. Adler argues that in this epic poem, Vergil presents the theoretical foundations of a new political order, one that resolves the conflict between scientific enlightenment and ancestral religion that permeated the ancient world. The work concentrates on Vergil's response to the physics, psychology, and political implications of Lucretius' Epicurean doctrine expressed in De Rerum Natura. Proceeding by a close analysis of the Aeneid, Adler examines Vergil's critique of Carthage as a model of universal enlightenment, his positive doctrine of Rome as a model of universal religion, and his criticism of the heroism of Achilles, Odysseus, and Epicurus in favor of the heroism of Aeneas. Beautifully written and clearly argued, Vergil's Empire will be of great value to all interested in the classical world.

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Editorial Reviews
Harvey Mansfield
This is a major work, of a kind one does not often come across.
Brothers Judd
Claremont Review of Books
Eve Adler takes a refreshingly novel approach in her recent study of the Aeneid. Adler's study of Vergil distinguishes itself from most current efforts in literary criticism by commenting upon the poem in a manner that develops a continuous course of thought.
The Weekly Standard
This book is stunningly original. An empire, even a benevolent one, may overreach, of course. And Virgil hints that there are, humanly speaking, perhaps even seeds of self-dissolution in the most providential and perfect of empires. And so we oscillate between force and restraint, unmindful of their deeper meaning—still caught in the dynamic perceived by Virgil and brilliantly revived for us by Eve Adler in Vergil's Empire.
Claremont Review Of Books
Eve Adler takes a refreshingly novel approach in her recent study of the Aeneid. Adler's study of Vergil distinguishes itself from most current efforts in literary criticism by commenting upon the poem in a manner that develops a continuous course of thought.
New England Classical Journal
Adler's argument about the fundamental purpose of Aeneid is interesting and clearly presented.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742521674
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 368
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Eve Adler is professor of classics at Middlebury College and has published four previous books and translations.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: The Foundations of Carthage and of Rome Chapter 2 The Theme of the Aeneid Chapter 3 The Song of Iopas and the Song of Vergil Chapter 4 The Carthaginian Enlightenment Chapter 5 Was There a Roman Enlightenment? Chapter 6 Lucretius' Teaching Chapter 7 Furor Chapter 8 Dido in Love Part 9 Part II: The Greater Order of Things Chapter 10 The Theme of the Aeneid Again Chapter 11 The Golden Age Chapter 12 Aeneas' Founding of Rome Chapter 13 World Empire Part 14 Part III: Pietatis Imago Chapter 15 Piety and Heroic Virtue Chapter 16 Aeneas and the Heroes Chapter 17 The Education of Aeneas, I Chapter 18 The Education of Aeneas, II

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