This is the first detailed commentary on
Aeneid 3, being some three times the size of that by R.D.Williams(1962), and aimed at the scholarly public. It treats fully the thorny problem of book 3's place in the growth of the poem, matters of linguistic and textual interpretation, metre, prosody, grammar, lexicon and idiom, as well as Virgil's sources and the literary tradition in which he writes. Full attention is given to matters geographical and nautical. New critical approaches and recent developments in Virgilian studies have been taken into account, with more attention to their spirit than to their language. A text, with translation, and three indices are included.
Nicholas Horsfall (DPhil. Oxon. 1971) taught for sixteen years at University College London and has been a private scholar for rather longer. He lives in Wester Ross and this is his fifth book on Virgil.
"The pages shimmer with fresh insights and a myriad of details" – A.G. McKay, in:
"This admirable book, a worthy successor to Horsfall's previous studies of Virgil" – H. Riikonen, in:
"A fundamental research tool" – A. Barchiesi, in:
Classical World, 2008
"Les trois ouvrages...marqueront profondément et durablement les études virgiliennes" – J. Poucet, in:
Antiquité Classique, 2009