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Virgil the partisan : a study in the re-integration of classics

Author: Anton Powell
Publisher: Swansea : Classical Press of Wales, a2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Virgil has been claimed as an ancestor by partisans of recent centuries: he has been seen as forerunner of Christianity, as a gentle ǹational poet' following World War II, as a kindred spirit for opponents of the Vietnam War, and recently as a critic of man's damage to the natural environment. However, most - except the young - feel that Virgil was not often concerned to express support for Octavian-Augustus. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Powell, Anton.
Virgil the partisan.
Swansea : Classical Press of Wales, a2008
(OCoLC)652385381
Named Person: Virgil; Virgil; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Augustus, Emperor of Rome; Virgil.; Publius Vergilius Maro; Publius Vergilius Maro; Publius Vergilius Maro; Augustus, romersk kejsare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anton Powell
ISBN: 9781905125210 1905125216
OCLC Number: 171561530
Description: xi, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Studying Virgil and the established partisan : the Aeneid --
Studying Virgil : several types of circularity-and an escape --
The theft of Pietas --
Recovering Sicily --
The peopling of the underworld : Aeneid 6.608-27 --
Aeneas, sex and misery --
pt. 2. Partisan in the making : the Eclogues and Georgics --
The Eclogues --
The Georgics : the fate of the Muses --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: by Anton Powell.

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Since its first appearance in 2008, this book has changed the landscape of Virgilian studies. Analysing closely the logic and the literary genres of Virgil's three poems, it politely confronts the  Read more...

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