Synopses & Reviews
This indispensable anthology gathers texts and translations that cover major aspects of the Virgilian tradition from the Roman poets own lifetime to the year 1500. Unprecedented in scope, the book presents a vast compendium of materials that illuminate how poets, teachers, students, and common folk responded to Virgil and his poetry. The volume offers a brief commentary on each text, many of which are translated into English for the first time.
The book begins with a chronological survey of Virgils influence upon writers from Augustan Rome to Renaissance Italy. There follow detailed reviews of biographies of Virgil, of how his writings were received and used, and of how the poet was envisaged and explained through the centuries. The final section focuses on the tradition of legends associated with Virgil.
“Two thousand years after the death of its author, Virgils poetry occupies a central place in the canon of Western literature. The number of responses to Virgil, however, has discouraged anyone from attempting to collect them, sift out the most important, and organize the selections in an intelligible manner. This is the job Putnam and Ziolkowski have undertaken, and they have succeeded admirably.”—Craig Kallendorf, Texas A & M University
About the Author
Michael C. J. Putnam is W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics, Emeritus, and Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, Brown University. He is the author of Virgils Epic Designs and Horaces Carmen Saeculare,” published by Yale University Press. Jan M. Ziolkowski, author of more than a dozen books on medieval literature, is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University.