Virgil: Aeneid Book IX: Bk.9 (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

Virgil: Aeneid Book IX: Bk.9 (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics)

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Cambridge University Press
Edition: Revised ed., 11/10/1994
EAN 9780521359528, ISBN10: 052135952X

Paperback, 268 pages, 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

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.

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
9. The Nisus and Euryalus episode
P. Vergili Maronis Aeneidos Liber IX