Virgil's Epic Designs: Ekphrasis in the Aeneid

Hardcover | August 11, 1998

byMichael C. J. Putnam

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This book by one of the preeminent Virgil scholars of our day is the first comprehensive study of ekphrasis in Virgil's final masterpiece, the Aeneid. Virgil uses ekphrasis - a self-contained aside that generates a pause in the narrative to describe a work of art or other object - to tell us something about the grander text in which it is embedded, says Michael C. J. Putnam. Individually and as a group, Virgil's ekphrases enrich the reader's understanding of the meaning of the epic. Putnam shows how the descriptions of works of art, and of people, places, and even animals, provide metaphors for the entire poem and reinforce its powerful ambiguities.

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Virgil created a masterpiece in his epic Aeneid, the story of the founding of Rome. Now leading Virgil expert, Michael C.J. Putnam dissects the poet's use of the literary device ekphrasis – a self-contained aside that halts the narrative to describe a work of art or other object – in this grand poem. Virgil's Epic Designs demonstrates ...

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This book by one of the preeminent Virgil scholars of our day is the first comprehensive study of ekphrasis in Virgil's final masterpiece, the Aeneid. Virgil uses ekphrasis - a self-contained aside that generates a pause in the narrative to describe a work of art or other object - to tell us something about the grander text in which it...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 1998Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300073534

ISBN - 13:9780300073539

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Virgil created a masterpiece in his epic Aeneid, the story of the founding of Rome. Now leading Virgil expert, Michael C.J. Putnam dissects the poet's use of the literary device ekphrasis – a self-contained aside that halts the narrative to describe a work of art or other object – in this grand poem. Virgil's Epic Designs demonstrates how Virgil uses this device to maximum effect to tell the audience something about the grander text. By citing examples and offering insightful commentary, Putnam enriches our understanding of this ancient and enduring epic.