Further Voices in Vergil's Aeneid

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Clarendon Press, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
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The Aeneid can strike one as a relatively conventional epic. It may seem an objective heroic tale of Rome's beginnings, unshocking in tone and substance, indeed (and more particularly) patriotic and inspiring. Vergil designed it so that it might read in this way. This is one `voice` that hewished us to hear. We may call it the epic voice. But there are `further voices`. Imagery and other stylistic devices are exploited to insinuate ramifying meanings and messages for those prepared to listen, and these may be disturbing, even shocking, as they add to, comment upon, question andoccasionally subvert the implications of the epic voice. This book examines and illustrates Vergil's method of intruding such further voices. In doing so it illuminates with unusual clarity the manner and content of Vergil's communications; it is as if one is taken inside Vergil's workshop, indeedinside his mind.

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R. O. A. M. Lyne is at Balliol College, Oxford.

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