Reading Vergil's Aeneid: An Interpretive Guide

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Christine G. Perkell
University of Oklahoma Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 353 pages

Vergil’s Aeneid has been considered a classic, if not the classic, of Western literature for two thousand years. In recent decades this famous poem has become the subject of fresh and searching controversy. What is the poem’s fundamental meaning? Does it endorse or undermine values of empire and patriarchy? Is its world view comic or tragic? Many studies of the poem have focused primarily on selected books. The approach here is comprehensive.

An introduction by editor Christine Perkell discusses the poem’s historical background, its reception from antiquity to the present, and its most important themes. The book-by-book readings that follow both explicate the text and offer a variety of interpretations.

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About the author (1999)

Christine Perkell is Associate Professor of Classics at Emory University. She is the author of The Poet's Truth: A study of the Poet in Virgil's "Georgics.

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