Virgil in the Renaissance by David Scott Wilson-OkamuraVirgil in the Renaissance by David Scott Wilson-Okamura

Virgil in the Renaissance

byDavid Scott Wilson-Okamura

Hardcover | September 30, 2010

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The disciplines of classical scholarship were established in their modern form between 1300 and 1600, and Virgil was a test case for many of them. What became of Virgil in this period - how he was understood and how his poems were recycled - is an example of something that occurs to every classic when it outlives it original context: the words remain but their meaning becomes unsponsored. What did readers assume about Virgil in the long decades between Dante and Sidney, Petrarch and Spenser, Boccaccio and Ariosto? Which commentators had the most influence? What story, if any, was Virgil's Eclogues supposed to tell? What was the status of his Georgics? Which parts of his epic attracted the most imitators? Building on specialized scholarship of the last hundred years, this book provides a panoramic synthesis of what scholars and poets from across Europe believed they could know about Virgil's life and poetry.
Title:Virgil in the RenaissanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:314 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:September 30, 2010Publisher:Cambridge-HitachiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521198127

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Publication: 1. Virgil with an i; Part II. Reputation: 2. Patronage and the Eclogues; 3. Variety and the Georgics; 4. Morals and minimalism; Part III. Interpretation: 5. Virgil's Odyssey; 6. Virgil's Iliad; Epilogue; Appendix A. Virgil commentaries (alphabetical); Appendix B. Virgil commentaries (ranked).

Editorial Reviews

"There has long been a need for a comprehensive examination of Virgil's place in the various European Renaissances (plural deliberate). Wilson-Okamura's volume attempts to address that need. There is much in this book that will be a delight to those who are interested in the reception of Virgil in these periods of intense literary and artistic creativity." -Lee Fratantuono, Ohio Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011