Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries: Aratus: Phaenomena Series Number 34
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Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries: Aratus: Phaenomena Series Number 34

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 616 pages
  • 143 x 215 x 38mm | 790g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 2 Line drawings, unspecified
  • 0521607124
  • 9780521607124
  • 1,348,880

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.
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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 "...Kidd has produced a fine work of scholarship...." Robert Renehan, Religious Studies Review "Kidd's text will now be the standard. It is the product of a critical judgment that consistently makes the right choices in that most difficult of textual traditions....the commentary is so rich and detailed and illuminates so much....one can only be filled with admiration and graditude for the painstaking scholarship and devotion that went into the making of this book....Kidd's book is the true editio princeps of Aratus's Paenomena, five hundred years overdue, which at long las t give us our author pristino nitori restitutus." Mark Possanza, Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Kidd's edition, however, is obviously the result of a long labor, and it promises to have a long life as the definitive work on this important, but neglected, poem." --Phoenix, A.-M. Lewis, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University
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