The Sixth Book of Virgils Aeneid translated and commented on by Sir John Harington (1604)

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn HaringtonEditorSimon Cauchi

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Sir John Harington (1560-1612) is well known to students of Elizabethan and Jacobean history and literature as a courtier and wit, and as the author of an unusually diverse oeuvre, including a translation of Ariosto; letters; epigrams; and a satirical discourse on a primitive kind ofwater-closet of his own invention. The Sixth Book of Virgil's Aeneid shows him in more serious vein, and throws new light on his abilities in translation, criticism, theological discussion, and social comment. The original manuscript was prepared for the use of Prince Henry in 1604. Long thought tobe lost, it is here published for the first time, and forms an important and interesting addition to the canon of Harington's published writings. The manuscript consists of 162 neatly written pages, containing an epistle to King James I, parallel English and Latin texts (the latter added, after thefirst eight lines, by a scribe), marginal explanatory notes, and a `comment' in seven chapters. Dr Cauchi has prepared a critical old-spelling edition, with an introduction and commentary.

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Sir John Harington (1560-1612) is well known to students of Elizabethan and Jacobean history and literature as a courtier and wit, and as the author of an unusually diverse oeuvre, including a translation of Ariosto; letters; epigrams; and a satirical discourse on a primitive kind ofwater-closet of his own invention. The Sixth Book of ...

Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C.E., in Northern Italy in a small village near Mantua. He attended school at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), then went to Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric, and finally completed his studies in Naples. He entered literary circles as an "Alexandrian," the name given to a group...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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'outstanding scholar ... The punctiliousness of Cauchi's scholarship is evident ... Such respect for matters of fact and history is refreshingly unfashionable and totally praiseworthy. However, one hopes that Cauchi's formidable skills will soon be used in the service of enterprises moresubstantially appealing to most of us. Cauchi's own comments on Harington show that he can distinguish between texts which are of literary interest and those which are not.'Joost Daalder, Flinders University of South Australia, Review of English Studies, XLIV (175) August 1993