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Virgil's Fourth Eclogue in the Italian Renaissance


  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108499927

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  • Virgil's fourth Eclogue is one of the most quoted, adapted and discussed works of classical literature. This study traces the fortunes of Eclogue 4 in the literature and art of the Italian Renaissance. It sheds new light on some of the most canonical works of Western art and literature, as well as introducing a large number of other, lesser-known items, some of which have not appeared in print since their original publication, while others are extant only in manuscript. Individual chapters are devoted to the uses made of the fourth Eclogue in the political panegyric of Medici Florence, the Venetian Republic and the Renaissance papacy, and to religious appropriations of the Virgilian text in the genres of epic and pastoral poetry. The book also investigates the appearance of quotations from the poem in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century fresco cycles representing the prophetic Sibyls in Italian churches.

    • The first book-length study of the reception of one of the most prominent and influential poems in European culture, presenting new readings of some central texts and artworks
    • Reveals for the first time the full extent of Virgilian influence in art and literature of the Italian Renaissance
    • Makes a major contribution to the growing fields of neo-Latin studies and classical reception studies
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108499927
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Eclogue 4: text and translation
    Part I. Prolegomena:
    1. Introduction: noua progenies
    2. A new age: the Virgilian Renaissance
    Part II. Politics:
    3. Florentine fantasies: Maro and the Medici
    4. Maritime Maro: Virgil in Venice
    5. Princely propaganda: the Italian states
    6. Vatican vaticinations: the Papal Golden Age
    Part III. Religion:
    7. Poet and Christian? The Messianic Fourth Eclogue
    8. tua dicere facta: the Messianic epic
    9. A child is born: the Nativity eclogue
    10. teste Sibylla: Virgil in church
    Epilogue: time regained.

  • Author

    L. B. T. Houghton, Rugby School
    L. B. T. Houghton teaches Classics at Rugby School and is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Greek and Latin at University College London. With Maria Wyke, he has edited Perceptions of Horace (Cambridge, 2009); with Gesine Manuwald, Neo-Latin Poetry in the British Isles (2012); and with Marco Sgarbi, Virgil and Renaissance Culture (2018).

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