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The Cambridge Companion to Virgil : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Charles Martindale

The Cambridge Companion to Virgil

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Charles Martindale (Editor)

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Published: 1st December 1997
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Virgil became a school author in his own lifetime and the centre of the Western canon for the next 1800 years, exerting a major influence on European literature, art, and politics. This Companion is designed as an indispensable guide for anyone seeking a fuller understanding of an author critical to so many disciplines. It consists of essays by seventeen scholars from Britain, the USA, Ireland and Italy which offer a range of different perspectives both traditional and innovative on Virgil's works, and a renewed sense of why Virgil matters today. The Companion is divided into four main sections, focussing on reception, genre, context, and form. This ground-breaking book not only provides a wealth of material for an informed reading but also offers fresh and sophisticated insights which point to the shape of Virgilian scholarship and criticism to come.

' ... highly successful for both a specialist and non-specialist audience. Classical scholars will find much to think about ... and their students will find [this] invaluable.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Awareness of the importance of Virgil's reception is growing among Latinist, thanks in no small measure to the work of the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Virgil, Charles Martindale, and the fruitful results of this awareness are regularly on display in the collection ... Classical scholars will find much to think about ... and their students will find it invaluable. [The] book contains chapters that will launch a thousand essays. One may only hope that non-classicists will also be encouraged to explore the worlds of Virgil' Times Literary Supplement ' ... not only an important new resource for those approaching Virgil for the first time, but it also affords a useful overview of the current state of Virgilian research ... I can recommend this book to anyone interested in Virgil.' Classics Ireland

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction: 'The classic of all Europe'
Translation and Reception
Virgil in English translation
Modern receptions and their interpretative implications
Aspects of Virgil's reception in Antiquity
The Virgil commentary of Servius
Virgils, from Dante to Milton
Virgil in art
Genre and Poetic Career
Green politics: the Eclogues
Virgilian didaxis: value and meaning in the Georgics
Virgilian epic
Closure: the Book of Virgil
Contexts of Production
Poetry and power: Virgil's poetry in contemporary context
Rome and its traditions
Virgil and the cosmos: religious and philosophical ideas
The Virgilian intertext
Contents and Forms
Virgil's style
Virgilian narrative: (a) Storytelling
(b)
Approaching characterisation in Virgil
Sons and lovers: sexuality and gender in Virgil's poetry
Virgil and tragedy
Envoi: the death of Virgil
Dateline
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521498852
ISBN-10: 0521498856
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 406
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.64