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The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English LiteratureVolume 1: 800–1558$
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Rita Copeland

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.001.0001

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Gavin Douglas’s Eneados

Gavin Douglas’s Eneados

(p.561) Chapter 26 Gavin Douglas’s Eneados
The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

Nicola Royan

Oxford University Press

Gavin Douglas’s Eneados is the first complete translation of Virgil’s Aeneid into any form of English. This chapter locates Douglas’s work in Scottish literary culture and European humanism. It provides an introduction to the idiosyncrasies of Douglas’s translation, particularly its inclusion of a thirteenth book by Maffio Vegio, and the interpretative prologues to each book of the Aeneid. It discusses Douglas’s source, the 1501 edition of Badius Ascensius, and Douglas’s knowledge of textual commentary. It also summarizes what is known about the circulation of the Eneados subsequent to Douglas’s death, in the sixteenth and later centuries.

Keywords:   Gavin Douglas, Older Scots, translation, Humanism, Virgil, Aeneid

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