Virgil And The Augustan Reception by Richard F. ThomasVirgil And The Augustan Reception by Richard F. Thomas

Virgil And The Augustan Reception

byRichard F. Thomas

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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This book examines the ideological reception of Virgil at specific moments in the past two millennia. It focuses on the emperor Augustus in the poetry of Virgil, detects in the poets and grammarians of antiquity pro- and anti-Augustan readings, studies Dryden's 1697 Royalist translation, and also naive American translation. It scrutinizes nineteenth-century philology's rewriting or excision of troubling readings, and covers readings by both supporters and opponents of fascism and National Socialism. Finally it examines how successive ages have made the Aeneid conform to their upbeat expectations of this poet.
Title:Virgil And The Augustan ReceptionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521028957

ISBN - 13:9780521028950


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; Introduction: the critical landscape; 1. Virgil and Augustus; 2. Virgil and the poets: Horace, Ovid and Lucan; 3. Other voices in Servius: schooldust of the ages; 4. Dryden's Virgil and the politics of translation; 5. Dido and her translators; 6. Philology and textual cleansing; 7. Virgil in a cold climate: fascist reception; 8. Beyond the borders of Eboli: anti-fascist reception; 9. Critical end games; Bibliography; Index.

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"...a very valuable contribution to scholarship on Virgil." Classical Outlook