Virgil's Aeneid: A Reader's Guide / Edition 1

Virgil's Aeneid: A Reader's Guide / Edition 1

by David Ross
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405159731

ISBN-13: 9781405159739

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

Written by eminent scholar David O. Ross, this guide helps readers to engage with the poetry, thought, and background of Virgil’s great epic, suggesting both the depth and the beauty of Virgil’s poetic images and the mental images with which the Romans lived.

  • Guides readers through the complexity of Virgil’s poetic style

Overview

Written by eminent scholar David O. Ross, this guide helps readers to engage with the poetry, thought, and background of Virgil’s great epic, suggesting both the depth and the beauty of Virgil’s poetic images and the mental images with which the Romans lived.

  • Guides readers through the complexity of Virgil’s poetic style and imagery
  • All extracts are translated, with original Latin given when necessary
  • Provides useful historical and social context in which to understand the poem as it was viewed in its time
  • Includes short introductions to important topics such as Roman religion and the Roman concept of ‘character’
  • Features a helpful appendix which clarifies how to read and hear the poem's Latin hexameter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405159739
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

1 Virgil’s Hero 11

Three Scenes of Crisis 12

The Hero and Personal Loss 18

The Hero as Warrior (10.510–605) 24

Some Observations on Character 26

2 The Victims 32

Dido 32

Nisus and Euryalus 35

Pallas and Lausus 38

Some Aspects of Turnus 43

Camilla 52

Italy 54

3 Fate and the Gods 61

The Roman Gods 62

The Gods in the Aeneid 67

Fate in the Aeneid 74

4 Virgil’s Troy 77

The Roman Troy 77

The Destruction of Troy (Aeneid, Book II) 82

Other Images of the Destruction of Troy (6.494–547, 1.450–93) 86

Andromache’s Troy Restored (3.294–505) 90

The Trojan Games (5.104–544) 94

The Transformation of Troy (5.485–544) 100

The lusus Troiae (5.545–603) 102

5 Rome, the rerum imago 105

Jupiter’s Revelation (1.254–96) 107

Anchises’ Review (6.756–892) 109

The Shield of Aeneas (8.626–728) 113

6 Virgil, His Life and Works 120

His Life and Times 120

The Eclogues 125

The Georgics 133

Appendix: The Latin Hexameter 143

Word Accent 143

Verse Ictus 144

Accent and Ictus 144

Caesura and Diaeresis 145

The Third-Foot Caesura 145

The First Foot 146

The Hexameter Line 147

The Catullan Molossus 151

General Index 153

Index of Passages 155

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