Vergil's Aeneid was written in twelve books in the last years of the poet's life (29-19 BC). It was designed as a national epic of Rome and is one of the greatest poems of world literature. The tenth book, which contains some of the poem's most dramatic war-narrative, has been unjustly neglected by Vergilian scholars, and this is the first major commentary to deal exclusively with it. Its aim is to explain Vergil's text for the modern reader. A full
introduction examines the literary aspects of Aeneid 10; the scholarly commentary assesses Vergil's skill as a Latin poet and his careful and original use of literary models (especially the Iliad of Homer). There
is also some discussion of the major interpretational problems of the Aeneid raised in Book 10. The Latin text is reproduced from R.A.B. Mynors's edition in the Oxford Classical Texts series. A facing English translation makes the text accessible to those with no knowledge of Latin.
'The commentary is of course the meat of the volume, and it is an excellent piece of work that will prove to be a valuable resource. Harrison is a fine guide to the philological aspects of the Aeneid, and to the ways in which Vergil appropriated traditional material and reshaped it to his own purposes ... this commentary does well what a commentary should do ... I expect it to become a useful addition to the Vergilian's panoply.'
Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 4.1 (1993)
'A commentary on Aeneid 10 - in any language - is a welcome novelty ... a young Oxford scholar, has given us the most ambitious of this "series", and he is to be congratulated for the geat detail of lexicographical, historical, geographical, ethnographical, and other material here presented. This is a book that all Virgilian scholars will need to own and consult, on any of these points, and also for what it can teach them about general Latin
Richard F. Thomas, Harvard University, Vergilius, Volume 38
'This learned commentary belongs in all research libraries, and in the hands of any Vergilian who can afford it, for it is sure to be of lasting value ... his discussion of the presentation of Turnus, Aeneas, and Mezentius is fair and thoughtful; and in addition to its fine philology, the commentary should provide a foundation for future discussion of the important issues raised both in Book 10 and at the end of the poem.'
James J. O'Hara, Wesleyan University, Classical World
`without doubt the author's merits, the accuracy of his scholarship and the richness of his material will earn this new academic tool something well beyond a merely favourable reception...His observations on historical and ethnographical matters are thorough...throughout his commentary H.'s reports of realia are well considered and very helpful...any minor or more serious dissatisfaction is bound to retreat into the background in view of the reat mass of
learning and valuable contributions provided by this rising young scholar.'
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