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Author Thomas, Richard F., 1950-

Title Virgil and the Augustan reception / Richard F. Thomas
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 324 pages)
Contents Introduction: the critical landscape -- 1. Virgil and Augustus -- 2. Virgil and the poets: Horace, Ovid and Lucan -- 3. Other voices in Servius: schooldust of the ages -- 4. Dryden's Virgil and the politics of translation -- 5. Dido and her translators -- 6. Philology and textual cleansing -- 7. Virgil in a cold climate: fascist reception -- 8. Beyond the borders of Eboli: anti-fascist reception -- 9. Critical and games
Summary "This book is an examination of the ideological reception of Virgil at specific moments in the last two millennia. Following Tennyson's evaluation of Virgil - "Thou majestic in thy sadness / at the doubtful doom of human kind"--Richard Thomas first scrutinizes the Virgil tradition for readings that refute contemporary dismissals of the putative post-Vietnam Angst of the so-called "Harvard School," then detects the suppression of such readings in the "Augustan" reception, effected through the lens of Augustus and the European successors of Augustus who constructed Rome's first emperor - and Virgil - for their own political purposes
He looks at Augustus in the poetry of Virgil, detects in the poets and grammarians of antiquity alternately a collaborative oppositional reading and an attempt to suppress such reading, studies creative translation (particularly Dryden's), which reasserts the "Augustan" Virgil, and examines naive translation which can be truer to the spirit of Virgil. Scrutiny of "textual cleansing," philology's rewriting or excision of troubling readings, leads to readings by both supporters and opponents of fascism and National Socialism to support or subvert the latter-day Augustus. The book ends with a diachronic examination of the ways successive ages have tried to make the Aeneid conform to their upbeat expectations of this poet."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-312) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Virgil -- Criticism and interpretation -- History
Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. -- In literature
Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. -- Influence
Virgil -- Translations into English -- History and criticism
Virgil -- Appreciation -- Great Britain
Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D.
Virgile, (0070-0019 av. J.-C.) -- Critique et interpr├ętation -- Histoire.
Virgile, (0070-0019 av. J.-C.) -- Appr├ęciation.
Latin poetry -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Latin language -- Translating into English
Rome -- In literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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