Item description for A Companion to the Study of Virgil (Brill's Scholars' List) by Nicholas Horsfall...
This book is n o t yet another introduction to Virgil's poetry. The editor and three contributors offer a guide to the key problems and to the most intelligent discussions. They do not hesitate to point out what we do not know, and where more work needs to be done. Apart from ample discussion of the poems and the main issues they raise, the book offers chapters on the life of Virgil, his style, and his influence on late Latin epic.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.64" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.98" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Aug 18, 2000
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004118705 ISBN13 9789004118706
Availability 0 units.
More About Nicholas Horsfall
Nicholas Horsfall lives in Rome and has published numerous books and articles on Latin literature, mythology and the Roman world, including: "La villa sabina di Orazio" (Venosa 1993); "Virgilio: L'epopea in alambicco" (Napoli 1991); "Cornelis Nepos: A selection, including the lives of Cato and Atticus"; translated with introductions and commentary (Oxford 1989); "Vir bonus discendi peritus; studies in celebration of Otto Skutsch's eightieth birthday" (London 1988); "Roman myth and mythography" with J.N. Bremmer (London 1987)
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A somewhat annoying companion Mar 15, 2007
This book may be of value to someone who really knows Virgil and Virgilian scholarship, but Horsfall's style is so idiosyncratic, and his approach so random, that students and other intermediate readers are best warned off. Ideas are presented, or hinted at, in sentences or sentence fragments overflowing with parentheses, exclamation points, question marks, footnotes, and cross-references. The text is poorly edited and in places doesn't make any sense at all. Overall, one gets the impression that Horsfall (who wrote most of the book, and translated two chapters from Italian into his own idiom) is a brilliant scholar who welcomes us into his brain but really can't be bothered tidying up before we come in.