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Vergil, Aeneid Books 1–6
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Gathering Interest


Vergil, Aeneid Books 1–6 is the first of a two-volume commentary on Vergil’s epic designed specifically for today’s Latin students. Along with this classic text, these editions navigate its complexities and elucidate the stylistic and interpretive issues that enhance and sustain appreciation of the Aeneid. This volume includes the complete Books 1–6 in Latin with the most up-to-date notes and commentary by today’s leading scholars of Roman epic. A general introduction to the entire volume sets forth the literary, cultural, political, and historical background necessary to interpret and understand Vergil.

The commentary includes an introduction to each book, as well as shorter introductions to major sections to help frame salient passages for students. Line-by-line notes provide grammatical and syntactical help in translating, discussion of the most up-to-date scholarship, and explanations of literary references that help students make connections between Vergil and Homer. An appendix on meter clearly and helpfully demonstrates the metrical concepts employed in the Aeneid with actual examples from the text, giving students the framework for understanding Vergil’s poetic artistry. The glossary on rhetorical, syntactic, and grammatical terms aids students in identifying and discussing the characteristic elements of Vergil's style.

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Key Features

  • The complete Books 1–6 in Latin with the most up-to-date notes and commentary
  • A general introduction to the entire volume that sets forth the literary, cultural, political, and historical background
  • Line-by-line notes providing help for understanding syntactical, rhetorical, stylistic, and comparative literary features
  • Glossary on rhetorical, syntactic, and grammatical terms
  • Appendix on meter clearly and helpfully demonstrating the metrical concepts employed in the Aeneid

Praise for the Print Edition

The new Vergil commentaries from Focus are an exciting resource for almost anyone reading the Aeneid in Latin . . . The editors recognize that developing core reading skills and involving students in the interpretive questions raised by the poem are not separate objectives. This recognition has resulted in commentaries that enticingly present basic information in a wider setting of observation and enquiry . . . All in all, the Focus series balances simplicity and subtlety, reminding students at all levels that increasing technical precision and stretching one’s interpretive curiosity are—fundamentally—one endeavor.

—Antonia Syson, assistant professor of classics, Purdue University

Product Details

  • Title: Vergil, Aeneid Books 1–6
  • Editors: Randall T. Ganiban, Joseph Farrell, Patricia A. Johnston, James O’Hara, and Christine Perkell
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 534

About the Authors

Randall T. Ganiban is professor of classics at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has taught there since 1996 and specializes in Roman epic.

Joseph Farrell is professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored and edited numerous books on Vergil and Latin language and culture.

Patricia A. Johnston has been teaching Latin, Greek, and classical mythology at Brandeis University since 1975. She is past president of the Vergilian Society.

James O’Hara is the George L. Paddison Professor of Latin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books on Vergil and Roman epic.

Christine Perkell is professor of classics at Emory University. She has published numerous works on reading Vergil, various aspects of Vergil's poetics, and of lamentation in epic poetry.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition