By Nicholas Horsfall

The Epic Distilled is a wealthy exploration of Virgil's use of resources within the Aeneid, contemplating components of heritage, geography, mythology, and ethnography. construction on and constructing the examine concerned about the author's huge commentaries at the Aeneid, the quantity investigates how the poem used to be written, what Virgil learn, and why specific information are interwoven into the narrative.

The quantity appears to be like past the Aeneid's poetry and plot to target the 'matter' of the epic: info of color, fabric, palms, garments, panorama, and body structure. information which would appear trivial are published as rigorously planned and hugely major. for example, one Trojan's in particular oriental trousers are suggestive of the Trojans' non-Roman 'otherness' and healthy solidly right into a complicated ethnographic argument.

In this fashion, the that means and implications of Virgil's seriously allusive kind, together with practices and methods of composition, are unpicked meticulously. quite tricky and complicated passages are delved into and the importance of particular info, legends, arcane references, areas, names, digressions, and inconsistencies are exposed. through exposing new layers of illuminating fabric, The Epic Distilled bargains readers a clean method of figuring out the entire intellectual
texture of Virgil's epic poem.

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