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The Epic Distilled: Studies in the Composition of the Aeneid

Nicholas Horsfall


This book is an exploration of Virgil's use of sources in the Aeneid, considering matters of history, geography, mythology, and ethnography. Taking as its focus the ‘matter’ of the text — such as details of colour, material, landscape, and physiology — the book unpicks the meaning and implications of Virgil's heavily allusive style, including practices and techniques of composition, in particularly difficult and intricate passages. By uncovering the significance of specific details, legends, arcane references, places, names, and minor digressions or inconsistencies, the volume reveals new laye ... More

Keywords: Virgil, mythology, source-criticism, school Virgil, religion, visual and material sources

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198758877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198758877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Horsfall, author
Honorary Professor in Classics and Ancient History, Durham University