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Virgil

ISBN: 978-1-4443-5154-5
224 pages
June 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Virgil offers undergraduates, graduate students and general readers a comprehensive and carefully balanced introduction to the works and literary reception of Virgil.
  • Offers a fresh, comprehensive introduction to Virgil in translation
  • Explores the historical context in which Virgil wrote and lived
  • Discusses the manuscript tradition of Virgil
  • Traces the poet’s literary influence on later authors and his impact on the arts
  • Includes suggestions for further readings
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List of Figures.

Preface.

Note on Abbreviations.

1. Generalizing about Virgil: Dialogue, Wisdom, Mission.

2. Publius Vergilius Maro: A Preamble.

3. Eclogue Dialogues.

4. The Georgics: A Repast of Wisdom.

5. The Aeneid: Mission and Telos.

6. Virgilian Manuscripts: Codex to Critical Edition.

7. The Virgilian Legacy.

8. Further Reading.

Index.

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R. Alden Smith is Professor of Classics at Baylor University. He is the author of Poetic Allusion and Poetic Embrace in Ovid and Virgil (1998) and The Primacy of Vision and Virgil’s Aeneid (2005), as well as many articles on Latin and Greek poetry and Greek epigraphy.
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“The real gem of this book comes in Chapter 6, where Smith offers a wonderfully concise and comprehensible overview of the Vergilian manuscripts with examples of textual problems that he teases out carefully to show why and how editors emend; teachers who wish to introduce textual criticism to advanced Latin students or to explain how Vergil got from ancient Rome to modern readers will find this section a superb resource . . . Chapter 8 closes the volume with ample suggestions for further reading that will be especially useful for those teaching Vergil for the first time, including much readily accessible material that can be used to fill those gaps in Smith’s book that will present difficulties to newcomers to Vergil and Classical literature.”  (Classical Journal,  1 December 2012)

"Overall this is a highly successful volume ... He is to be commended on producing a sensitive, sensible, and thoroughly useful book that will be of great help to students, teachers, and those who would like to gain insights on Vergilian matters and scholarship." (Vergilius, 2011)

"The present book contains eight chapters, one of the most valuable of which is a handsomely illustrated guide to the Virgilian manuscript tradition that constitutes a welcome primer with useful analyses of several textual cruces ... While volumes of this sort have little to offer seasoned scholars, S.'s book will be of interest and use to students of Virgil at all levels. The more experienced, too, will care to see how a gifted Virgilian treats both familiar problems and less travelled Maronian byways." (The Classical Review, 2011)

"Smith has written a guide that should become a standard for the next generation of Vergilian readers." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 11 June 2011)

“A truly useful introduction to Vergil and his poetry. Smith combines up-to-date information on the issues with an intelligent and well-written assessment. Highly recommended.”
Karl Galinsky, University of Texas at Austin

"For the newcomer to Virgil, this book will be a welcome introduction to the poet’s works and their reception by critics, artists, and scholars through the centuries."
Peter E. Knox, University of Colorado, Boulder

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