Joseph Farrell, Michael C. J. Putnam's A Companion to Vergil's Aeneid and its Tradition (Blackwell PDF

By Joseph Farrell, Michael C. J. Putnam

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ISBN-13: 9781405175777

A better half to Vergil’s Aeneid and its culture offers a suite of unique interpretive essays that signify an leading edge addition to the physique of Vergil scholarship.Provides clean ways to conventional Vergil scholarship and new insights into unexpected elements of Vergil's textual historyFeatures contributions via a world staff of the main distinctive scholarsRepresents a distinctively unique method of Vergil scholarship

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One did not have to be in Rome to find books, and at least in the early first century the most famous collections seem to have been outside the city (Rawson 1985, 41–5). Various sources help us to imagine some aspects of book collection and circulation among the Roman élite (accessible surveys in Marshall 1976; Kenney and Clausen 1982, 15–32; Casson 2001, 61–79; Houston 2009) even if it is necessary to admit that there are vast gaps in our knowledge about Roman libraries in general and, to an even greater extent, about any personal library in particular.

Aemilius Paullus acquired the royal Macedonian library after the Battle of Pydna in 168 BCE and brought it back home (Plutarch, Aem. Paull. 6), and this collection probably passed to Scipio Aemilianus. 609; Plutarch, Luc. 42; see Barnes 1997 on the story of Aristotle in Rome). Cicero visited it regularly, and on one occasion he found Cato deep in books on Stoicism (De Fin. 7–8). By the middle of the first century, therefore, it is clear that considerable collections of books were established in Italy, and not just in Rome (see Casson 2001, 61–79 for an elegant survey).

5 and 8; Vita Focae 63; cf. Servius ad Ecl. 13; Aen. 264; see Armstrong et al. 2004, 1–2, with the skepticism of Horsfall 1995b, 7–8, and Stok’s chapter in this volume) and informs us that Vergil spent little time in Rome, preferring the calm of Campania and Sicily (Vita Donati 13). Given that all of the library has yet to be excavated, Piso obviously had a very considerable collection of books at his disposal. If Vergil ever went there, what books could he have found? And how would he have worked?

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