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Virgil and the Augustan Reception

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  • Date Published: November 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028950

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  • This book examines the ideological reception of Virgil at specific moments in the past two millennia. It focuses on the emperor Augustus in the poetry of Virgil, detects in the poets and grammarians of antiquity pro- and anti-Augustan readings, studies Dryden's 1697 Royalist translation, and also naive American translation. It scrutinizes nineteenth-century philology's rewriting or excision of troubling readings, and covers readings by both supporters and opponents of fascism and National Socialism. Finally it examines how successive ages have made the Aeneid conform to their upbeat expectations of this poet.

    • Demonstrates that all readings of Virgil are conditioned by contemporary assumptions
    • Explores the role Virgil has played in various phases of European culture
    • Shows the centrality of Virgil for the history of Western political and ideological thought
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    " As a whole, Virgil and A ugustan Reception is persuasive, forceful, and impressive. It displays the intelligence and fritical daring to which readers of T.have grown accustomed and takes a broad view that will be salutary for Classicists and will attract scholars in other fields (most of the latin in the is translated). The book ought to be read by all interested in Virgil and his reception and will make a significant contribution to Virgil studies." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    "...a very valuable contribution to scholarship on Virgil." Classical Outlook

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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028950
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Prologue
    Introduction: the critical landscape
    1. Virgil and Augustus
    2. Virgil and the poets: Horace, Ovid and Lucan
    3. Other voices in Servius: schooldust of the ages
    4. Dryden's Virgil and the politics of translation
    5. Dido and her translators
    6. Philology and textual cleansing
    7. Virgil in a cold climate: fascist reception
    8. Beyond the borders of Eboli: anti-fascist reception
    9. Critical end games
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Richard F. Thomas, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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