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Virgil's Aeneid and the Tradition of Hellenistic Poetry (Sather Classical Lectures)

Clausen, Wendell

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ISBN 10: 0520057910 / ISBN 13: 9780520057913
Published by Univ of California Pr, U.S.A., 1987
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Virgil's Aeneid and the Tradition of ...

Publisher: Univ of California Pr, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

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More than a decade ago, Wendell Clausen published his treatise Virgil's Aeneid and the Tradition of Hellenistic Poetry (Berkeley, 1987), based on his Sather Lectures given in 1982. What was originally intended as a revision of his work on Virgil turned into an entirely new book: three chapters (I, V, VI) have been rewritten, the other five revised.

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Clausen's thesis is laudable: Careful analysis of Hellenistic influence and imitation in Virgil is long overdo. As Clausen says, "Virgil imitates Homer but as a Hellenistic poet would." Quoting extensively from Greek and Latin texts, Clausen tries to place Virgil's literary choices and emotional orientation in the Alexandrian tradition. The analysis he offers is more in the manner of commentary than criticism and his excessive retelling of plots obscures argumentation. There are detailed footnotes and a clear love of the Aeneid throughout, but attention to complex narrative strategies and polysemous layerings is virtually absent. Clausen, nevertheless, raises questions of central concern to future studies of Virgilian poetics. Stephen Scully, Classical Studies Dept., Boston Univ.
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