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    Aratus: Phaenomena (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries) (Paperback) 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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    DescriptionAratus 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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    Title
    Aratus: Phaenomena
    Authors and contributors
    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
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 616
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 770 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521607124
    ISBN 10: 0521607124
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15700
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    LC classification: P
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC21: 881.01
    BISAC V2.8: LCO003000
    DC22: 881.01
    LC classification: QB802 .A713 1997
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    2 b/w illus.
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    10 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    ' ... 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.