Virgil: A Study in Civilized Poetry / Edition 1

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In this classic study, Brooks Otis presents Virgil as a radically different poet from any of his Greek or Roman predecessors. Virgil molded the ancient epic tradition to his own Roman contemporary aims and succeeded in making mythical and legendary figures meaningful to a sophisticated, unmythical age. Otis begins and ends his study with the Aeneid and includes chapters on the Bucolics and the Georgics. A new foreword by Ward W. Briggs, Jr., places Otis’s groundbreaking achievement in the context of past and present Virgilian scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806127828
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Series: Oklahoma Series in Classical Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Brooks Otis was Professor of Classics at Stanford University (later Professor of Latin at the University of North Carolina) and the author of Ovid As an Epic Poet and Cosmos and Tragedy.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
I The Mystery of the Aeneid 1
II From Homer to Virgil: The Obsolescence of Epic 5
III The Subjective Style 41
IV The Young Virgil 98
V The Georgics 144
VI The Odyssean Aeneid 215
VII The Iliadic Aeneid 313
VIII Conclusion 383
App. 1 On Chapter II: Literature on Virgil's Literary Background 395
App. 2 The Historical Epic 396
App. 3 Apollonius and Theocritus 398
App. 4 On Chapter III: Literature on Virgil's Style 405
App. 5 On Chapter IV: Literature on the Bucolics 406
App. 6 On Chapter V: Literature on the Georgics 407
App. 7 The Ending of Georgics IV 408
App. 8 On Chapters VI and VII: Literature on the Aeneid 413
App. 9 The Composition of the Aeneid 415
General Index 421
Texts and Passages discussed 432
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