Virgil, Aeneid 8

Text, Translation, and Commentary


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.

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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).
'(...) a work that is monumental not only for its size (801 pages) but also as a multifaceted contribution to the study of "Virgil's most Augustan book" (vii) (...)The commentary is also impressive in its stylistic analysis, which is subtly integrated into the comprehensive interpretation of Book 8. Moreover, Fratantuono and Smith have cleverly interwoven the allusive system into their stylistic insights. (...) They have succeeded in the challenge of offering a new commentary on perhaps the most canonical ancient poet in the Western tradition, and fitting it into the stimulating discussion with predecessors and contemporary scholars. Fratantuono and Smith's monumentum will certainly become a necessary reference not only for Virgilian scholarship, but also for those interested in other ancient poets or, more broadly, in their literary reception.'
- Eleonora Tola, in: The Classical Journal Online

"Este comentário é o resultado de mais uma publicação dos Mnemosyne Supplements da editora Brill, que, sistematicamente desde 1999, tem vindo a dar à estampa comentários de referência a muitos dos cantos da Eneida. (...) Numa obra tão rica de referências como é a Eneida, e particularmente o livro oitavo, os AA. guiam o leitor não apenas no âmbito das fontes vergilianas, mas também no imenso mundo de bibliografia secundária que se foi produzindo ao longo, sobretudo, dos séculos XX e XXI, fornecendo os principais títulos para episódios-chave, como o da batalha entre Hércules e Caco, ou a écfrase do escudo de Eneias. (...) Por último, resta-nos esperar que, numa altura em que há cada vez mais meios que ajudam a desenvolver este tipo de trabalho, tanto os AA. quanto a editora Brill continuem a tarefa hercúlea de produzir e editar comentários para os restantes livros da Eneida.
- Gabriel A. F. Silva, University of Lisbon, in: EVPHROSYNE, Revista de Filologia Clássica 48 (2020).

Preface and Acknowledgments
Text and Translation
Bibliography Index Nominum Index Rerum Index Verborum
Graduate and undergraduate students and scholars