The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic by Gian Biagio ConteThe Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic by Gian Biagio Conte

The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian Epic

byGian Biagio ConteEditorS. J. Harrison

Hardcover | June 24, 2007

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This volume presents a collection of pieces from a celebrated world-class scholar and interpreter of Latin poetry, focusing on the interpretation of Virgil's Aeneid.. It forms the sequel to two widely influential earlier books on Virgil by the same author and translates and adds to acollection of papers published in Italian in 2002. Its central concern is the way in which Virgil reworks earlier poetry (especially that of Homer) at the most detailed level to produce very broad literary and emotional effects. Gian Biaggio Conte explores a central issue in Virgilian studies, thatof how the Aeneid manages to create a new and effective mode of epic in a period when the genre appears to be debased or exhausted.
Gian Biagio Conte is Professor of Latin Literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. S. J. Harrison is Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, and Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford.
Title:The Poetry of Pathos: Studies in Virgilian EpicFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:June 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199287015

ISBN - 13:9780199287017


Table of Contents

1. S. J. Harrison: Introduction2. The Virgilian Paradox: An Epic of Drama and Pathos3. Anatomy of a Style: Enallage and the New Sublime4. Aristaeus, Orpheus, and the Georgics Again5. The Strategy of Contradiction: On the Dramatic Form of the Aeneid6. Defensor Vergili: Richard Heinze on Virgil's Epic Technique7. Towards a New Exegesis of Virgil: Reconsiderations and Proposals8. The Meeting of Stylistics and Textual Criticism9. Proems in the Middle

Editorial Reviews

"[This volume] presents the Virgilian community with not only a well-deserved tribute to the father of a modern school of interpretive study of the Aeneid but also a conveinent summary of the state of res Vergilianae at the dawn of the new millennium. Conte gives some quite underappreciated passages of Virgil's epic of blood and honor close, insightful readings, and Harrison is to be congratulated for overseeing a challenging and eminently worthwhile project. Every scholar interested in Augustan epic will need to consult this volume and less-experienced readers will find much that is accessible and valuable for work on Roman literature. One of the most welcome new Virgil titles of the year --one that gives an Anglophone audience an opportunity to appreciate Conte's magisterial work on the poem." --Choice