Virgil's Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium

Virgil's Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium

by Philip R. Hardie, Virgil


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Virgil's Aeneid: Cosmos and Imperium by Philip R. Hardie, Virgil

The Romans saw an analogy between the ordered workings of the natural universe and the proper functioning of their own expanding empire, between orbis and urbs. Philip Hardie's new work explores Virgil's poetic and mythic transformation of this imperialist ideology with reference to such traditions as the poet/cosmologer, the use of allegory to extract natural-philosophical truths from mythology and poetry, poetic hyperbole, and the "universal expression."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198146919
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Magdalene College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Introduction; Poetry and cosmology in antiquity; Cosmology and history in Virgil; Gigantomachy in the Aeneid: I; Gigantomachy in the Aeneid: II; Lucretius and the Aeneid; Hyperbole; Universal expressions in the Aeneid; The shield of Aeneas: The cosmic icon; Epilogue

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