The Aeneid can strike one as a relatively conventional epic. It may seem an objective heroic tale of Rome's beginnings, unshocking in tone and substance, indeed (and more particularly) patriotic and inspiring. Vergil designed it so that it might read in this way. This is one `voice` that he wished us to hear. We may call it the epic voice. But there are `further voices`. Imagery and other stylistic devices are exploited to insinuate ramifying meanings
and messages for those prepared to listen, and these may be disturbing, even shocking, as they add to, comment upon, question and occasionally subvert the implications of the epic voice. This book examines and illustrates Vergil's method of intruding such further voices. In doing so it illuminates with
unusual clarity the manner and content of Vergil's communications; it is as if one is taken inside Vergil's workshop, indeed inside his mind.
`We find that one Virgilian passage after another is exposed to Lyne's acute latinity and alert scholarship with results that make for highly enjoyable reading.'
Denis Feeney, Times Literary Supplement
` It is impossible in a short review to do more than hint at the range of fascinating and often provocative insights offered in this closely-argued study of "the greatest work of Roman art" ... The book is well-presented ... Highly recommended for its stimulating, even disturbing insights.'
`this is a valuable and perpetually provoking book, reviving some sound older views and contributing much of novelty, and will be essential reading for Virgilians'
S. J. Harrison, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Journal of Roman Studies
'When it comes, as it always must in the end, to practical criticism this study remains in a class of its own.'
Greece and Rome, October 1993
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 12th November 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.37