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Aratus: Phaenomena (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521607124
ISBN-10: 0521607124
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"...Kidd has produced a fine work of scholarship...." Robert Renehan, Religious Studies Review

"Kidd's text will now be the standard. It is the product of a critical judgment that consistently makes the right choices in that most difficult of textual traditions....the commentary is so rich and detailed and illuminates so can only be filled with admiration and graditude for the painstaking scholarship and devotion that went into the making of this book....Kidd's book is the true editio princeps of Aratus's Paenomena, five hundred years overdue, which at long las t give us our author pristino nitori restitutus." Mark Possanza, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Kidd's edition, however, is obviously the result of a long labor, and it promises to have a long life as the definitive work on this important, but neglected, poem." --Phoenix, A.-M. Lewis, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics York University

Language Notes

Text: English, Greek (translation)
Original Language: Greek --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries (Book 34)
  • Paperback: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521607124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521607124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,674,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Um on April 30, 2013
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I have given this full marks because studying it is a deeply moving experience for me. However, the book has no star maps, a serious omission because much of the poem and even some of the commentary is mumbo jumbo without an aid to visualization. For example, the commentary often provides star co-ordinates, such as constellation alpha, beta etc, and even touches on star magnitudes. However, any good amateur astronomy book should cover this lapse.

As they say, there is a difference between walking a path and knowing the path. If astronomy is knowing the stars, the poem 'Phaenomena' is a walk through them. But the walk is a stumble without guidance, in this case provided by Kidd's text, supplemented with star maps. It has enabled me to appreciate not only the ancient popularity of this poem but, by extension, all didactic poetry.

As with other texts in this Cambridge series, the scholarship is impeccable. Kidd provides a bibliography as long as your fat aunt's panties, with excellent background material on the poet's history and prosody, the manuscript tradition etc, and his line by line commentary deals with textual, historical and astronomical issues in good, clear English. It is a bit expensive but worth every cent.
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