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Reading Vergil's Aeneid : an interpretive guide

Author: Christine G Perkell
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©1999.
Series: Oklahoma series in classical culture, v. 23.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vergil's Aeneid has been considered a classic, if not the classic, of Western literature for two thousand years. In recent decades this famous poem has become the subject of fresh and searching controversy. What is the poem's fundamental meaning? Does it endorse or undermine values of empire and patriarchy? Is its world view comic or tragic? Many studies of the poem have focused primarily on selected books. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Virgil.; Aeneas, (Legendary character); Virgile.; Publius Vergilius Maro; Aeneas, (Legendary character)
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine G Perkell
ISBN: 0806131381 9780806131382 080613139X 9780806131399
OCLC Number: 40821009
Description: vi, 353 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Aeneid 1 : An epic programme / Christine Perkell --
Dis aliter visum : self-telling and theodicy in Aeneid 2 / W.R. Johnson --
Imitating Troy : a reading of Aeneid 3 / Ralph Hexter --
Varium et mutabile : voices of authority in Aeneid 4 / Sarah Spence --
Aeneid 5 : poetry and parenthood / Joseph Farrell --
Viewing the Spectacula of Aeneid 6 / Eleanor Winsor Leach --
The birth of war : a reading of Aeneid 7 / Sara Mack --
Aeneid 8 : images of Rome / Anthony J. Boyle --
The man who was not there : Aeneas and absence in Aeneid 9 / Susan Ford Wiltshire --
Epic violence, epic order : killings, catalogues, and the role of the reader in Aeneid 10 / Denis Feeney --
Aeneid 11 : the saddest book / William S. Anderson --
Aeneid 12 : unity in closure / Michael C.J. Putnam --
The Aeneid as foundation story / Gary B. Miles --
The women of the Aeneid : vanishing bodies, lingering voices / S. Georgia Nugent --
Vergil and Apollonius / Charles Rowan Beye --
Five hundred years of rendering the Aeneid in English / William S. Anderson.
Series Title: Oklahoma series in classical culture, v. 23.
Responsibility: edited by Christine Perkell.

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Vergil's Aeneid has been considered a classic, if not the classic, of Western literature for two thousand years. In recent decades this famous poem has become the subject of fresh and searching controversy. What is the poem's fundamental meaning? Does it endorse or undermine values of empire and patriarchy? Is its world view comic or tragic? Many studies of the poem have focused primarily on selected books. The approach here is comprehensive. An introduction by editor Christine Perkell discusses the poem's historical background, its reception from antiquity to the present, and its most important themes. The book-by-book readings that follow both explicate the text and offer a variety of interpretations.

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