Virgils Iliad: An Essay on Epic Narrative by K. W. GransdenVirgils Iliad: An Essay on Epic Narrative by K. W. Gransden

Virgils Iliad: An Essay on Epic Narrative

byK. W. Gransden

Paperback | January 25, 1985

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This is a book about Virgil's Aeneid, especially the second half of the poem, are explores in some detail Virgil's use of Homer's Iliad. The author's main purpose is to try to re-establish the value and importance of books VII-XII of the Aeneid, which he argues, far from constituting a falling off from the more familiar earlier books, Aeneid VII-XII presents a continuous epic narrative of sustained power, planned and executed on the largest scale and offering a structural unity which matches that of its great model. His secondary purpose is to try to give the modern reader an impression of what Homer's Iliad meant to the implied reader of the Aeneid and to Virgil himself. Throughout, Gransden places emphasis on the text as a piece of continuous narrative, finding that the experience of reading VII-XII modifies the reader's sense of books I-VI. This book will interest all those who enjoy Virgil, whether they are studying Latin or reading the poet in translation. A knowledge of Latin is not essential and those concerned with the techniques of narrative in epic and other fiction will also find the book of value.
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...
Title:Virgils Iliad: An Essay on Epic NarrativeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:January 25, 1985Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521287561

ISBN - 13:9780521287562


Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Prologue: Homer's Iliad; Part I. Peace: 1. Transition; 2. Invocation; 3. Homecoming; 4. Dynastic; 5. Juno; 6. Catalogue; 7. Diplomatic; Part II. War: 8. Absence; 9. Nisus and Euryalus; 10. Siege; 11. The council of the gods; 12. The return of Aeneas; 13. The funeral of Pallas; 14. The council of war; 15. Camilla's last stand; 16. War and peace; Bibliography; Indexes.