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Virgil's Aeneid : A Critical Description {SECOND IMPRESSION WITH CORRECTIONS}

Quinn, Kenneth

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ISBN 10: 0710029683 / ISBN 13: 9780710029683
Published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, LLC, London, England, United Kingdom, 1968
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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"The aim of this book is to help all who approach the poem seriously {in Latin of in English} to read it with discerning appreciation. This is not a handbook, nor is it a commentary: it is a critical description, from a number of aspects, of a poetic structure. A detailed analysis of the twelve books is preceded by a preliminary exploration of the poem's central purpose, a careful reconstruction of the historical and artistic circumstances, and a description of the main outlines of the poem's structure; two further chapters provide a discussion of a number of theoretical problems {in particular the theory of the 'exploitation of form'} and an analysis of the verbal fabric." This book has 448 pages. The text contains NO internal marks whatsoever. Bookseller Inventory # 043549

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Title: Virgil's Aeneid : A Critical Description {...

Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul, LLC, London, England, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: Second Printing

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The aim of this important and still valuable book - first published in 1968 but never before available in paperback - is, quite simply, to help all who approach Virgil's Aeneid seriously, whether in the original Latin or in English translation, to read it with discernment and appreciation. It offers itself as neither a handbook nor a commentary, but as a critical description of the poem's structure and aspects of its composition. It begins with a preliminary exploration of the poem's central purpose; a careful reconstruction of its literary and historical context (following the battle of Actium in 31 BC which made Augustus Caesar master of the Roman world); and a description of the main outlines of its structure. At the book's core is a detailed analysis of each of the epic's twelve books, with particular emphasis on the later, less often read ones; and this is followed by two further chapters, one dealing with Virgil's use of form and some related theoretical problems, the other with a closer exami

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Kenneth Quinn was a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and later became Professor of Classics in the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of The Catullan Revolution (1959; repr. BCP, 1999), Latin Explorations (Routledge, 1963) and standard editions of Catullus' Poems (1970) and of Horace: Odes (1980).

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