By Joseph Farrell, Michael C. J. Putnam
A spouse to Vergil’s Aeneid and its culture provides a set of unique interpretive essays that signify an leading edge addition to the physique of Vergil scholarship.Provides clean techniques to standard Vergil scholarship and new insights into unusual elements of Vergil's textual historyFeatures contributions via a global staff of the main extraordinary scholarsRepresents a distinctively unique method of Vergil scholarship
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I propose to take a further step. Building on the work of Schlunk and SchmitNeuerburg as well as others who have contributed to our enriched and nuanced appreciation of intertextuality, I want to make the claim that in the time of Vergil, reading Homer along with contemporary scholarship on the poem had an impact on readers’ conceptions and understanding of the Homeric text and on the process of reading itself, and that it had such an impact on Vergil first and foremost. In making such a claim, I align myself with relatively recent developments in the study of commentary.
1285). 37). These connections help illustrate something of the care with which Vergil studied the narrative structures of his models. In doing so, of course, he was also studying carefully the use of the book as a unit of composition within a larger whole. One result of these efforts is the extraordinarily complex and polished book structure of the Aeneid (Harrison 1980; see more generally Hutchinson 2008, 1–41). But a further essential lesson to be drawn is that Vergil is not only reading Apollonius as a privileged model at the beginning of Aeneid 7, he is also reading Apollonius as a preexisting imitation of Homer.
At the end of Aeneid 8, at what is the end of the poem’s historical narrative, we are no doubt meant to imagine him reading his own poem, like Aeneas pondering the artwork of the shield. He too is caught up in thinking about the horrible reality of violence and its aesthetical representation in verse, and about the ways in which art can be put to use to make some sense of the tragedy of history or simply to justify what in the short term may be seen as its predetermined end. In a sense, it may be true to say that in terms of our attempts to get a glimpse into Vergil’s library, we may imagine that the last book he ever read was his own epic.