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Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries : Aratus: Phaenomena Series Number 34 - Aratus

Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries

Aratus: Phaenomena Series Number 34

By: Aratus, Douglas Kidd (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th October 2004
ISBN: 9780521607124
Number Of Pages: 616

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Aratus of Soli was a highly original poet of the early third century BC, famous throughout antiquity for his didactic epic on constellations and weather signs, and imitated by later Greek and Latin poets. Modelled on Hesiod's Works and Days the poem is cleverly updated to appeal to the interests of contemporary Greek readers. This volume presents for the first time in English an edition of the poem with a full introduction, facing translation and a line-by-line commentary. The introduction explains the literary and scientific background, the characteristic features of Aratus's language, style and metre, and the transmission of the text to the end of the Middle Ages. The commentary gives help with the content of the poem and aims to resolve the many problems of text and interpretation. The text is based on a new reading of the manuscripts, including one not used before.

' ... the commentary is so rich and detailed and illuminates so much that previously was obscure ... one can only be filled with admiration and gratitude for the painstaking scholarship and devotion that went into the making of this book.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review ' ... an excellent edition ... this is a major achievement'. Classics, Ireland '... a splendid book which every specialist will want to own and every academic library must acquire'. Kevin Lee, CLASSICVM

Introduction
Life of Aratus
The Phaenomena
The astronomy and weather signs
Language, style and the hexameter
Contemporary and later poets
Scholia and commentators
Text and manuscripts
Text and Translation
Commentary
Indexes
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ISBN: 9780521607124
ISBN-10: 0521607124
Series: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 4th October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.3  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.79