Aineias the Tactician: How to Survive Under Siege / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Bloomsbury Academic
Virgil lived through the fall of the Roman Republic and the establishment of the Empire. In his poems we see a series of attempts, increasingly ambitious in scale and conception, to combine technical brilliance and beauty with profound meditation on the nature of imperialism and the relation of the individual to the State. From short pastoral poems on love and song he progressed to the heroic myth of the founding of Rome. "The Aeneid", immediately recognised as the greatest masterpiece of Latin literature, has had incalculable influence on European literature in the two thousand years since it was first published.
About the Author
David Whitehead is Professor of Classics in Queen’s University, in Belfast, Ireland.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition Preface Bibliography and Abbreviations Introduction
1. The passive perspective
2. The work and its author
3. Form and content
4. Invasion and siege
5. Treachery, unanimity, and the survival of the polis
6. Genre and readership Divergences from the Budé Text Translation Commentary Addenda Index