This volume provides the first full-scale commentary on the eighth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, the book in which the poet presents the unforgettable tour of the site of the future Rome that the Arcadian Evander provides for his Trojan guest Aeneas, as well as the glorious apparition and bestowal of the mystical, magical shield of Vulcan on which the great events of the future Roman history are presented – culminating in the Battle of Actium and the victory of Octavian over the forces of Antony and Cleopatra. A critical text based on a fresh examination of the manuscript tradition is accompanied by a prose translation.
Lee M. Fratantuono (A.B. Holy Cross, A.M. Boston College, Ph.D. Fordham) is Professor of Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University. He works principally on Latin epic (especially Virgil, Ovid, and Lucan), and has published widely on Latin epic, elegiac, and lyric poetry. He co-edited the Brill
Virgil, Aeneid 5: Text, Translation and Commentary with R. Alden Smith.
R. Alden Smith (A.B. Dickinson, M.A. Vermont, Ph.D. Pennsylvania), Professor of Classics at Baylor University, has written many articles and books on Augustan poetry, including
The Primacy of Vision in Virgil’s Aeneid (Texas, 2005).
Table of contents
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Text and Translation Commentary BibliographyIndex NominumIndex RerumIndex Verborum