Aratus: Phaenomena

Aratus: Phaenomena

Paperback Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries

By (author) Aratus of Soli, Edited by Douglas Kidd, Series edited by Michael Reeve, Series edited by James Diggle, Series edited by Neil Hopkinson, Series edited by Jonathan Powell, Series edited by David Sedley, Series edited by Richard Tarrant

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 616 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 40mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 10 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521607124
  • ISBN 13: 9780521607124
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 1,575,765

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Aratus of Soli was a highly original poet of the early third century BC, famous throughout antiquity for his didactic epic on constellations and weather signs, and imitated by later Greek and Latin poets. Modelled on Hesiod's Works and Days the poem is cleverly updated to appeal to the interests of contemporary Greek readers. This volume presents for the first time in English an edition of the poem with a full introduction, facing translation and a line-by-line commentary. The introduction explains the literary and scientific background, the characteristic features of Aratus's language, style and metre, and the transmission of the text to the end of the Middle Ages. The commentary gives help with the content of the poem and aims to resolve the many problems of text and interpretation. The text is based on a new reading of the manuscripts, including one not used before.

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' ... the commentary is so rich and detailed and illuminates so much that previously was obscure ... one can only be filled with admiration and gratitude for the painstaking scholarship and devotion that went into the making of this book.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review ' ... an excellent edition ... this is a major achievement'. Classics, Ireland '... a splendid book which every specialist will want to own and every academic library must acquire'. Kevin Lee, CLASSICVM

Table of contents

Introduction: 1. Life of Aratus; 2. The Phaenomena; 3. The astronomy and weather signs; 4. Language, style and the hexameter; 5. Contemporary and later poets; 6. Scholia and commentators; 7. Text and manuscripts; Text and Translation; Commentary; Indexes.