- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 268 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 18mm | 295g
- Publication date: 12 December 2002
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 052135952X
- ISBN 13: 9780521359528
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: indexes
- Sales rank: 583,405
Aeneid IX marks the beginning of the full-scale narrative of the war between the Trojans and Turnus' Italians which occupies the last quarter of the epic. Two days during which Turnus launches a siege-assault on the Trojan camp while Aeneas is absent are separated by the nocturnal interlude of the ill-fated expedition of the romantic young Trojans Nisus and Euryalus. In this, the first major single-volume commentary in English on the book, Dr Hardie explores Virgil's transformation of Homeric models of battle narrative in the service of contemporary Roman ideology. The volume includes a detailed linguistic and thematic commentary on the text, and an introduction consisting of a series of interpretative essays on the book.
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"...an altogether admirable commentary...really first-rate, distinguished work...Exemplary use of how parallels, borrowings and influences work..." Nicholas Horsfall, Vergilius "The same piercing intelligence, command of Greek and Latin literature, and refusal to be satisfied with tired old formulations that are apparent in his earlier books and his numerous articles make this commentary a most valuable contribution, and I look forward eagerly to further discussions by Hardie of the issues raised by Aeneid 9. As much as anyone working on Latin poetry today Hardie is unpredictable, with a rare tendency simply to go in the direction the evidence before him indicates on any issue. When you see his name in a table of contents or card catalogue, take and read." Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Hardie successfully incorporates the most valuable ancient and contemporary materials on Vergil to produce a more literary approach reflecting the insights and biases of critical work of recent decades. This edition will br appreciated by students and scholars alike." Classical World
Table of contents
Introduction; 1. The place of book IX in the second half of the Aeneid; 2. The structure of book IX; 3. Links with other books; 4. Reworking Homer; 5. Cities and sieges; solidarity and division; 6. Young men at war; defining the epic hero; Trojans and Italians; 7. Turnus; 8. Homeric gods and Roman religion; knowledge human and divine; recognition; 9. The Nisus and Euryalus episode; P. Vergili Maronis Aeneidos Liber IX; Commentary; Indexes.