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The Virgil Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set



The Virgil Encyclopedia, 3 Volume Set

Richard F. Thomas (Editor), Jan M. Ziolkowski (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15498-7 December 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 1600 Pages


This is the first comprehensive English langage reference volume 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.
  • Complements existing Virgil works by providing readers of all levels an approachable point of entry intry into further Virgil studies
  • Offers in-depth treatment of all aspects of Virgil’s poetry, including the Greek and Roman literary traditions that inform his three great collections, the Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid, and the reception of Virgil's oeuvre in literature, art, and music down through the ages
  • Brings together over 350 contributors who are leading scholars in various periods of literary and cultural studies
  • Comprises over 2,200 entries organized in A-Z format
Winner of the 2017 Alexander G. McKay Book Prize for the best book in Vergilian studies bestowed by The Vergilian Society. 

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List of Entries viii

List of Illustrations xxxi

Contributors xxxvi

Preface lxv

Notes to the Reader lxviii

Acknowledgments lxxi

Acknowledgments for Illustrations lxxii

Abbreviations lxxiii

Volume I The Virgil Encyclopedia A–E 1–468

Volume II The Virgil Encyclopedia F–Pe 469–994

Volume III The Virgil Encyclopedia Ph–Z 995–1410

Stylistic Terms Appendix 1411

Timeline 1419

Index of Virgil Citations 1431

General Index 1447

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“It is all here, and more; besides, I cannot see t his encyclopedia being even partially superseded for very many years, if at all, which makes it a sound investment for any library.”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