Darkness Visible : A Study of Vergil's ""Aeneid""

By: Johnson, W. RMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (192 p.)ISBN: 9780226252377Subject(s): Aeneas (Legendary character) -- In literature | Epic poetry, Latin --History and criticism | Rome -- In literature | Virgil. AeneisGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Darkness Visible : A Study of Vergil's ""Aeneid""DDC classification: 873.01 | 873/.01 LOC classification: PA6825 .J6 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Abbreviations Used in Notes; I. Eliot's Myth and Vergil's Fictions; II. Lessing, Auerbach, Gombrich: The Norm of Reality and the Spectrum of Decorum; III. Varia Confusus Imagine Rerum: Depths and Surfaces; 1. The Opening of Book 12; 2. Dissolving Pathos; 3. Blurred Images; 4. Aeneas and the Monuments; 5. The End of Book 12; IV. The Worlds Vergil Lived In; 1. Quod Credas: The Social Order; 2. Quo Tendas: The Metaphysical Order; 3. Quod Agas: The Moral Order; Notes
Summary: One of the best books ever written on one of humanity's greatest epics, W. R. Johnson's classic study of Vergil's Aeneid challenges centuries of received wisdom. Johnson rejects the political and historical reading of the epic as a record of the glorious prehistory of Rome and instead foregrounds Vergil's enigmatic style and questioning of the heroic myths.With an approach to the text that is both grounded in scholarship and intensely personal, and in a style both rhetorically elegant and passionate, Johnson offers readings of specific passages that are nuanced and suggestive as he focuses on
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Contents; Preface; Abbreviations Used in Notes; I. Eliot's Myth and Vergil's Fictions; II. Lessing, Auerbach, Gombrich: The Norm of Reality and the Spectrum of Decorum; III. Varia Confusus Imagine Rerum: Depths and Surfaces; 1. The Opening of Book 12; 2. Dissolving Pathos; 3. Blurred Images; 4. Aeneas and the Monuments; 5. The End of Book 12; IV. The Worlds Vergil Lived In; 1. Quod Credas: The Social Order; 2. Quo Tendas: The Metaphysical Order; 3. Quod Agas: The Moral Order; Notes

One of the best books ever written on one of humanity's greatest epics, W. R. Johnson's classic study of Vergil's Aeneid challenges centuries of received wisdom. Johnson rejects the political and historical reading of the epic as a record of the glorious prehistory of Rome and instead foregrounds Vergil's enigmatic style and questioning of the heroic myths.With an approach to the text that is both grounded in scholarship and intensely personal, and in a style both rhetorically elegant and passionate, Johnson offers readings of specific passages that are nuanced and suggestive as he focuses on

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W. R. Johnson is the John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago. He is the author of, among others, Horace and the Dialectic of Freedom: Readings in Epistles 1.

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