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
Preface and Acknowledgments
Text and Translation
Bibliography Index Nominum Index Rerum Index Verborum
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