Virgil: Aeneid Book XII available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
Book XII brings Virgil's Aeneid to a close, as the long-delayed single combat between Aeneas and Turnus ends with Turnus' death - a finale that many readers find more unsettling than triumphant. In this, the first detailed single-volume commentary on the book in any language, Professor Tarrant explores Virgil's complex portrayal of the opposing champions, his use and transformation of earlier poetry (Homer's in particular) and his shaping of the narrative in its final phases. In addition to the linguistic and thematic commentary, the volume contains a substantial introduction that discusses the larger literary and historical issues raised by the poem's conclusion; other sections include accounts of Virgil's metre, later treatments of the book's events in art and music, and the transmission of the text. The edition is designed for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students and will also be of interest to scholars of Latin literature.
About the Author
Richard Tarrant is Pope Professor of Latin in the Department of Classics at Harvard University. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Harvard he has been honored with the Levenson Prize for undergraduate teaching, a Harvard College Professorship and a Phi Beta Kappa Prize for excellence in teaching.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; P. Vergili Maronis Aeneidos liber dvodecimvs; Commentary.
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