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Virgil: The Aeneid

Virgil: The Aeneid

2nd Edition


Part of Landmarks of World Literature (New)

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539807

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  • The Aeneid is a landmark of literary narrative and poetic sensibility. This 2004 guide gives a full account of the historical setting and significance of Virgil's epic, and discusses the poet's use of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, as well as the most celebrated episodes in the poem, including the tragedy of Dido and Aeneas' visit to the underworld. The volume examines Virgil's psychological and philosophical insights, and explains the poem's status as the central classic of European culture. The final chapter considers the Aeneid's influence on later writers including Dante and the Romantics. The guide to further reading has been updated and will prove to be an invaluable resource to students coming to The Aeneid for the first time.

    • New edition of a widely used and helpful guide to one of the greatest works of world literature - including a fully updated guide to further reading
    • This introduction examines the significant after-life of the Aeneid
    • Updated by an expert in the field who has taught this text for many years
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This excellent introduction to the Aeneid appears as a reprint in CUP's reliable and attractive Landmarks of World Literature series … a welcome product of detailed and careful study … Gransden is readable and engaging and this is certainly a book that all students of Virgil, at school or university, should seek out … Gransden's Guide is an excellent addition to any academic library.' The Journal of Classics Teaching

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539807
    • length: 120 pages
    • dimensions: 199 x 128 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.127kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Background:
    1. Virgil in the light of his time
    2. Life of Virgil
    3. The Eclogues
    4. The Georgics
    5. Metrical unity and continuity
    Part II. Virgil and Homer:
    6. 'Arms and the man'
    7. The Aeneas legend
    8. The 'Odyssean' Aeneid
    9. The 'Iliadic' Aeneid
    Part III. Reading The Aeneid:
    10. The text
    11. The story
    12. Structure
    13. Expression and sensibility
    14. Narrative technique
    15. The world of the dead
    16. Father-figures
    17. Juno
    18. War and heroism
    19. Fate and free will
    20. Conclusions
    Part IV. The After-Life of the Aeneid:
    21. Influences and reputation
    22. Virgil and Dante
    23. Virgil and renaissance epic
    24. Virgil and romanticism
    Principal characters of the poem
    Guide to further reading.

  • Author

    K. W. Gransden

    Prepared for publication by

    S. J. Harrison, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

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