A Companion to Vergil's Aeneid and Its Tradition

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  • Copyright: 2014-01-28
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Vergil’s Aeneid and its Tradition presents a collection of original interpretive essays that represent an innovative addition to the body of Vergil scholarship.
  • Provides fresh approaches to traditional Vergil scholarship and new insights into unfamiliar aspects of Vergil's textual history
  • Features contributions by an international team of the most distinguished scholars
  • Represents a distinctively original approach to Vergil scholarship

Author Biography

Joseph Farrell is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books and papers on Latin literature, including Vergil’s Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic (1991), and Latin Language and Latin Culture from Ancient to Modern Times (2001).

Michael C. J. Putnam is MacMillan Professor of Classics and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Brown University. His works include Maffeo Vegio: Short Epics (2004), Poetic Interplay: Catullus and Horace (2006), and The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years (with Jan Ziolkowski, 2008)

Table of Contents

Illustrations viii

Notes on Contributors x

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvi

Note on References xvii

Introduction 1
Joseph Farrell and Michael C.J. Putnam

PART I The Aeneid in Antiquity 11

1 Vergil's Library 13
Damien P. Nelis

2 On First Looking into Vergil's Homer 26
Ralph Hexter

3 The Development of the Aeneas Legend 37
Sergio Casali

4 Aeneas' Sacral Authority 52
Vassiliki Panoussi

5 Vergil's Roman 66
J.D. Reed

6 Vergil, Ovid, and the Poetry of Exile 80
Michael C.J. Putnam

7 The Unfinished Aeneid? 96
James J. O'Hara

8 The Life of Vergil before Donatus 107
Fabio Stok

PART II Medieval and Renaissance Receptions 121

9 Vergil and St. Augustine 123
Garry Wills

10 Felix Casus: The Dares and Dictys Legends of Aeneas 133
Sarah Spence

11 Vergil in Dante 147
Rachel Jacoff

12 Marvelous Vergil in the Ferrarese Renaissance 158
Dennis Looney

13 Spenser's Vergil: The Faerie Queene and the Aeneid 173
Philip Hardie

14 The Aeneid in the Age of Milton 186
Henry Power

15 Practicing What They Preach? Vergil and the Jesuits 203
Yasmin Haskell

16 The Aeneid from the Aztecs to the Dark Virgin: Vergil, Native Tradition, and Latin Poetry in Colonial Mexico from Sahagún's Memoriales (1563) to Villerías' Guadalupe (1724) 217
Andrew Laird

17 Vergil and Printed Books, 1500–1800 234
Craig Kallendorf

PART III The Aeneid in Music and the Visual Arts 251

18 Vergil and the Pamphili Family in Piazza Navona, Rome 253
Ingrid Rowland

19 Visual and Verbal Translation of Myth: Neptune in Vergil, Rubens, and Dryden 270
Reuben A. Brower

20 The AEneas of Vergil: A Dramatic Performance Presented in the Original Latin by John Ogilby 290
Kristi Eastin

21 Empire and Exile: Vergil in Romantic Art 311
David Blayney Brown

22 Laocoons 325
Glenn W. Most

23 Vergil in Music 341
William Fitzgerald

PART IV The American Aeneid 353

24 Vergil and the Early American Republic 355
Carl J. Richard

25 Why Did American Women Read the Aeneid? 366
Caroline Winterer

26 Vergil in the Black American Experience 376
Michele Valerie Ronnick

27 Vergil and Founding Violence 391
Michèle Lowrie

28 Figuring the Founder: Vergil and the Challenge of Autocracy 404
Joy Connolly

PART V Modern Reactions to the Aeneid 419

29 Classic Vergil 421
Kenneth Haynes

30 Vergil's Detractors 435
Joseph Farrell

31 Mind the Gap: On Foreignizing Translations of the Aeneid 449
Susanna Morton Braund

32 Vergil's Aeneid and Contemporary Poetry 465
Karl Kirchwey

Bibliography 482

Index 531

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