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Critical Studies on the Texts of Publius Vergilius Maro

ISBN 9780367890209
Published December 19, 2019 by Routledge
380 Pages

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Book Description

In Vergiliana Egil Kraggerud collects together over 100 new, revised, and previously published discussions of textual issues in Vergil’s Eclogues, Georgics, and the Aeneid. Through these and in his Introduction, the author argues for a less conservative approach to these texts than has been fashionable among 20th century editors and commentators. This profoundly learned, engaging and valuable contribution is a critical resource for anyone working on the works of Vergil at both under- and postgraduate level, written by one of the most respected scholars in the field.

Table of Contents



Ecl. 1. 69 post aliquot aristas

A disputed phrase in its context

Ecl. 2. 32 A god’s title

Pan the great innovator and model

Ecl. 3. 62 A conjunction at stake

Theocr. 5. 82 in the balance

Ecl. 4. 8 One child initiating a new age

A letter added can make a big difference

Ecl. 4. 28-9 Lines sharing words between them

Emphasis achieved by artistry

Ecl. 4. 62-3 The nature of a baby’s smile

A Dutch scholar vindicated

Ecl. 5. 3 "Why don’t we sit down?" in Latin

What Vergil chose to write

Ecl. 5. 8 Indicative or subjunctive?

In favour of P

Ecl. 5. 38 The gender of narcissus

Our debt to an ancient grammarian

Ecl. 5. 66 Altars for Daphnis

Sorting out syntactical order

Ecl. 6. 1-12. On the genesis of Vergil’s earliest poetry

Call. Aet. 1. 21-4 and Theocr. 16 as inspiration

Ecl. 6. 16 Silenus’ hangover

The troublesome adverbial ‘cluster’ procul tantum

Ecl. 6. 24 The commonest of verbs ousted by a hapax?

Peerlkamp’s brilliant point

Ecl. 6. 34 A dilemma in P

Elided omnia in Vergil?

Ecl. 6. 74-81 A praeteritio to fill the day

The illustrative effect of complicated syntax

Ecl. 7. 5 Equal and well-prepared singers

A misleading first impression of their qualities

Ecl. 7. 29-32 Corydon’s promise to Diana

Variation on

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Egil Kraggerud is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, History of Art, and Ideas at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has published extensively on Vergil, and has translated works by Vergil, Aeschylus, and Euripides, among others.