Virgils Experience: Nature and History: Times, Names, and Places

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

byRichard Jenkyns

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This book studies Virgil's ideas of nature, history, sense of nation, and sense of identity. It is exact and patient in its probing for nuance and detail, but also bold, wide, and original in its scope. It combines the study of Virgil with the study of attitudes to nature throughoutantiquity. Blending literature with history, and in the case of Lucretius, philosophy, it offers a vision and an interpretation of the culture of the 1st century BC as a whole. It argues that Lucretius and Virgil affected a revolution in Western sensibility; claiming that a book about poetry shouldbe a book about life, it combines scholarship and precision with a sense of the importance of literature and its capacity to enhance our understanding of our past and of ourselves.

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This book studies Virgil's ideas of nature, history, sense of nation, and sense of identity. It is exact and patient in its probing for nuance and detail, but also bold, wide, and original in its scope. It combines the study of Virgil with the study of attitudes to nature throughoutantiquity. Blending literature with history, and in ...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198140339

ISBN - 13:9780198140337

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`a thrilling book. Richard Jenkyns writes with dash and style, his ear for poetry is superbly tuned, and his range is vast. Here is a scholar who, page after page, demonstrates a passion for Virgil as a poet.'Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph