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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Virgil's masterpiece, 6 Sep 2007
This review is from: Virgil: The Aeneid (Landmarks of World Literature (New)) (Paperback)
This book is concise enough to use as a study aid, yet long enough to provide in depth discussions of issues such as the role of the gods, freewill versus fate, Virgil's relationship to Homeric sources, narrative technique etc. It is well written and relatively free of critical jargon, adopting the stance that we can know the author's intentions from the work. Gransden sees Aeneas as a synthesis of the Homeric and stoic hero. He follows the higher dictates of fate, even when they go against his personal desires. He also prefigures Augustus. The Virgilian gods are less arbitrary than the Homeric gods and Jupiter is a more dispassionate, dignified figure than Zeus, controlling fate for rational reasons in the manner of the stoic God. The founding of Rome parallels the rebirth of Roman values under Augustus, which is was portrayed as a new golden age after the years of civil discord. Virgil is also seen as initiating a new compassionate `modern' sensibility, which engages our sympathy with the victims of `fatum' like Dido or Turnus and makes us see the horrific nature of warfare. Overall I highly recommend this as an introduction to a serious study of the poem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Primer, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Virgil: The Aeneid (Landmarks of World Literature (New)) (Paperback)
I am not a Classics student but have always wanted to learn a little about the major works in this area. This little book (111 pages)is an excellent introduction to the Aeneid as far as I can judge, either if you want to stop right there with the intro or use it as a springboard for deeper study. The approach is simple but comprehensive at this level of study, with chapters covering Background, Virgil and Homer,and Reading the Aeneid, this last dealing with the various aspects of the text and overall meaning and purpose of the poem. Good value.
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