Virgil's Epic Designs: Ekphrasis in the Aeneid

Virgil's Epic Designs: Ekphrasis in the Aeneid

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by Michael C. J. Putnam
     
 

In his final masterpiece, the Aeneid, Virgil frequently uses ekphrasis-a self-contained aside, a pause to describe a work of art or other object. Virgil's ekphrases incorporate major themes of the epic, enrich the reader's understanding of its meaning, and provide metaphors for the entire poem, says Michael C. J. Putnam in this first comprehensive study of the… See more details below

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In his final masterpiece, the Aeneid, Virgil frequently uses ekphrasis-a self-contained aside, a pause to describe a work of art or other object. Virgil's ekphrases incorporate major themes of the epic, enrich the reader's understanding of its meaning, and provide metaphors for the entire poem, says Michael C. J. Putnam in this first comprehensive study of the ekphrases in the Aeneid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300073539
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Dido's Murals23
2The Cloak of Cloanthus55
3Daedalus' Sculptures75
4Silvia's Stag97
5The Shield of Aeneas119
6The Baldric of Pallas189
Conclusion208
Notes215
Bibliography245
Index253

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