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A significant other to Vergil’s Aeneid and its culture provides a set of unique interpretive essays that symbolize an leading edge addition to the physique of Vergil scholarship.Provides clean techniques to standard Vergil scholarship and new insights into unusual points of Vergil's textual historyFeatures contributions by way of a global workforce of the main wonderful scholarsRepresents a distinctively unique method of Vergil scholarship

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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? The Life of Donatus describes Vergil dictating lines to his scribe Eros, completing half-lines and asking for the two additions to be written down (Vita 34), and there is no reason to doubt that he could have worked in this way.

At this point, it is necessary to face up to the objection that modern researchers are too willing to make Vergil one of their own, too ready to see in the scholar-poet of antiquity a subtle postmodernist critic. Such a warning needs to be taken seriously, but certain factors concerning the traditions of scholarship in the ancient world must also be taken into account. By the Augustan age, Homer had been the subject of study for centuries, and Vergil’s debt to the various traditions of Homeric scholarship is very great (as is emphasized by Hexter’s chapter in this volume).

But despite the reference here and occasionally elsewhere to Vergil’s readers, Schlunk’s analyses of the workings of Homeric scholia function primarily at the level of (or at least are described in terms of) Vergil’s own imitative and adaptive processes. To cite an example that he adduces: Aristarchus had expressed criticism of Alcinous’ offering his daughter as wife to Odysseus, a complete stranger who had shown up at his hearth in book 7 of the Odyssey. … they might reasonably be removed. For how, when he does not know the man, [can] he espouse his daughter to him – not urging him but beseeching him?

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