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The Virgil Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5498-7
1600 pages
December 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Featuring over 2,200 entries, The Virgil Encyclopedia represents the first comprehensive reference volume to be published in English on Virgil, a poet whose works and thoughts have been at the center of Western literary, cultural, artistic, and pedagogical traditions for more than two millennia.

  • Fills a gap in scholarship by representing the first comprehensive and up-to-date Virgil Encyclopedia published in English
  • Offers readers a new accessibility not previously available on Virgil scholarship
  • Complements existing Virgil reference works by providing readers of all levels an approachable point of entry into further Virgil studies
  • Brings together over 350 contributors who are top scholars in various periods of literary and cultural studies

Explore a full list of entries, contributor information, and more about this work at www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/ref/virgil.
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Author Information

Richard F. Thomas is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University. His books include Lands and Peoples in Roman Poetry: The Ethnographical Tradition (1982), a two-volume commentary on Virgil’s Georgics (1988), Reading Virgil and his Texts (1999), Virgil and the Augustan Reception (2001), and a commentary on Horace, Odes 4 and Carmen Saeculare (2011).

Jan M. Ziolkowski is Director of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC, and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University. His books include Nota Bene: Reading Classics and Writing Songs in the Early Middle Ages (2007); Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies (2007); The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years, co-edited with Michael C. J. Putnam (2008); and Solomon and Marcolf (2008).

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"It should be of widespread use well beyond Classics, and would even be suitable for school libraries... The editors more than deliver on their hope to 'contribute, even in a small way, to the continuation of the Virgilian tradition by facilitating the work of those who teach and study it'" - Classical Review, Jan. 2015

“It is all here, and more; besides, I cannot see t his encyclopedia being even partially superseded for very many years, if at all, which makes it a sound investment for any library.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2014)

“This wide-ranging work will be invaluable to anyone interested in Virgil, although its price will make it inaccessible to many.  Summing Up:  Highly recommended.  Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty.”  (Choice, 1 May 2014)

"Their wish is not to provide a comprehensive, self-standing resource so much as a conduit to the 'large and vibrant field of Virgilian studies', both digital and bibliographical, their abmit 'everything of importance that enters into Virgil, that is in Virgil, and that comes out of Virgil into literature, art, and music.'" (Times Literary Supplement, January 2014)

“The Virgil Encyclopedia, edited by Richard Thomas and Jan Ziolkowski, is a very valuable aid to the study of the major Latin poet, surpassing Horace, Catullus, Ovid, and Lucretius. Both for its information and for its consistently high level of interpretation, this reference work should be of permanent use for anyone seeking to better appreciate Virgil.”
-Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University

“The editors have assembled a diverse and distinguished group of contributors to create a comprehensive guide to Virgil’s writings, their sources and context, and their cultural afterlife. It will be an essential resource for the study of Virgil and his reception.”
-Colin McCaffrey, Classics Librarian, Yale University

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