Printing Virgil

The Transformation of the Classics in the Renaissance


In this work Craig Kallendorf argues that the printing press played a crucial, and previously unrecognized, role in the reception of the Roman poet Virgil in the Renaissance. Using a new methodology developed at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Printing Virgil shows that the press established which commentaries were disseminated, provided signals for how the Virgilian translations were to be interpreted, shaped the discussion about the authenticity of the minor poems attributed to Virgil, and inserted this material into larger censorship concerns. The editions that were printed during this period transformed Virgil into a poet who could fit into Renaissance culture, but they also determined which aspects of his work could become visible at that time.

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Craig Kallendorf, Ph.D. (1982), University of North Carolina, is Professor of English and Classics at Texas A&M University. He has written or edited twenty-five books in the fields of classical reception and book history.
"The last decade has witnessed a surge of interest in the reception of Virgil, and Kallendorf’s new volume represents another instalment of his impressive life-long research in this area.[...] This is a fresh and very significant addition to the state of both reception studies and book history. The early printed editions of many ancient authors deserve a similar treatment and clamour for further research. Kallendorf, with this book, has set another example of how to go about this task successfully". Stefano Cianciosi, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, November 2020.

"This study, which comes out of Kallendorf’s decades-long research career, personal visits to numerous public and private collections, extensive use of digital resources including google books, and access to as yet unpublished material in the Catalogus Translationum, promises to be an indispensable foundation for any research on Early Modern Virgilian reception.[...] in this volume Kallendorf examines a vast amount of relevant data using up-to-date theoretical frameworks including reception and transformation and provides many fresh insights into one of the chief pillars of classical studies[...] For any future research on Renaissance and Early Modern reception of Virgil, this volume will be an indispensable starting point and one hopes that similar projects will be undertaken for other classical authors as well". Akihiko Watanabe, in Neo-Latin News 69.3-4.

"This book contains a wealth of information, many suggestions of avenues for bibliographic research, and an exemplary use of data in humanistic inquiry". William Weaver, in Renaissance Quarterly, Volume 74, Issue 4, Winter 2021 , pp. 1387 - 1388.

"This is another valuable addition to scholarship on the subject, on which Kallendorf has already set an indelible stamp, and it will surely leave—if one may put it like this—a lasting imprint". L. B. T. Houghton, in Journal of Medieval Latin, Volume 31, 2021, pp. 320-324.

List of Illustrations

1 Introduction
 1 Data
 2 Method
 3 Application

2 Commentary
 1 Introduction
 2 Definition
 3 Survey
 4 Function
 5 Conclusion

3 Translation
 1 Introduction
 2 Italy
 3 France
 4 Translations into Other Languages
 5 Conclusion

4 Canonization
 1 Introduction
 2 The Opuscula and Its Authorship
 3 The Opuscula Rhetoricized
 4 Conclusion
 Appendix: the Opuscula in Renaissance Editions of Virgil Printed in Venice

5 Censorship
 1 Introduction
 2 Taxonomy
 3 Conclusion

6 Conclusion
 1 Virgil Transformed
 2 Final Thoughts
This book should appeal to post-graduate students and specialists in classics, especially in the subfield of the classical tradition, and in book history, along with rare books librarians.
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