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

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"...an altogether admirable commentary....really first-rate, distinguished work....Exemplary use of how parallels, borrowings and influences work..." Nicholas Horsfall, Vergilius

"The same piercing intelligence, command of Greek and Latin literature, and refusal to be satisfied with tired old formulations that are apparent in his earlier books and his numerous articles make this commentary a most valuable contribution, and I look forward eagerly to further discussions by Hardie of the issues raised by Aeneid 9. As much as anyone working on Latin poetry today Hardie is unpredictable, with a rare tendency simply to go in the direction the evidence before him indicates on any issue. When you see his name in a table of contents or card catalogue, take and read." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Hardie successfully incorporates the most valuable ancient and contemporary materials on Vergil to produce a more literary approach reflecting the insights and biases of critical work of recent decades. This edition will br appreciated by students and scholars alike." Classical World

Book Description

This is the first major single-volume edition in English of Book IX of Virgil's Aeneid, a pivotal part of the poem that contains the nocturnal interlude of the ill-fated expedition of the young Trojans Nisus and Euryalus.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics
  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052135952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521359528
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of Philip Hardie's commentary on Book 9 of Vergil's Aeneid for the Cambridge green and yellow series. Book 9 is almost entirely taken up with Turnus's attack on the Trojan fort on the River Tiber while the Trojan leader Aeneas is absent on an embassy to Evander. Notable events in this book also include the famous Nisus and Euryalus episode and the attempted burning and subsequent metamorphosis of the Trojan fleet. As with much of the rest of the Aeneid, the action in Book 9 is gripping and the poetry is sublime, making it well worth the time and effort spent reading it.

This edition includes the 818 line Latin text of Book 9 with an apparatus criticus, a 35 page introduction, 235 pages of notes, a short bibliography of the relevant scholarship up through the early nineties (when this book was first published), and an index. The introduction consists of a series of sophisticated and illuminating short essays on various themes and topics, including the place of Book 9 in the overall scheme of the Aeneid, Vergil's reworking of Homer, the characterization of Turnus, and an in-depth study of the Nisus and Euryalus episode, among other things. The notes in general are very dense but manage to strike a good balance between scholarly literary analysis and providing grammatical/lexical help. In addition to examining Vergil's use of poetic figures and comparing the language of Book 9 to other parts of Vergil's poetry, one of Hardie's primary concerns in the notes is to provide a running commentary and analysis of how Vergil has freely appropriated elements of Homer's Iliad in the composition of Book 9. A reader who is especially interested in Vergil's reworking of Homer will thus find this commentary particularly useful and interesting.
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The Aeneid in general is a delicious epic poem, but it is wrong to have a single volume being published on it's own, since each part depends on every other one so completely to finish the Trojans' voyage. This was a particularly moving and tragic volume, containing Queen Dido of Carthage's manipulation by the temperamental gods in a power struggle between them stemming from the Trojan War. Aeneas, soon to become founder of the Roman race, and his followers enjoy a stay in Carthage, a favorite city of Juno's, while being driven very far off course by the vindictive goddess, in what is a frustrating journey but involves a lot of wonderful mythology that entertains and is quite definitive.
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