A Critical Description
Kenneth Quinn was a fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge and later became Professor of Classics in the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of The Catullan Revolution (1959; repr. BCP, 1999), Latin Explorations (Routledge, 1963) and standard editions of Catullus’ Poems (1970) and of Horace: Odes (1980).
Chapter 1: The Heroic Impulse Chapter 2: Genesis - I. What is the Aeneid about? II. The Task and its Problems III. The Problems Solved Chapter 3: Structure - I. General Description II. Structure of the Twelve Books III. The Episodes IV. Projection of the Narrator into his Narrative V. Parallel and Suspended Narrative VI. Tempo of the Narrative: Tenses Chapter 4: The Twelve Books Chapter 5: Form and Technique - Part 1: Form I. Not only Homer II. Difference in attitude between Virgil and Homer III. The Exploitation of Form IV. Impure Poetry Part 2: Technique I. Gods II. Characterization and Motivation III. Parallel Divine and Psychological Motivation IV. Fate Part 3: The Contribution of Tragedy I. Tragic Attitude II. Tragic Suspense III. Tragic Irony and Insight IV. Implicit Comment Chapter 6: Style - I. Words Alone II. Words in Action (i) The Tradition: (a) Ennius and the Old Poets (b) Catullus and the New Poets (c) A Common Style (ii) Innovation - callida iunctura. (a) Latent Metaphor; (b) Archaism brought about by Context; (c) Etymological Puns (iii) Ambiguity (iv) Syntactical Ambiguity III. The Virgilian Sentence (i) Metre; (ii) Theme and Variation (iii) Subordinate Clauses (iv) Imagery
Size: 216 x 138 mm
Publication: May 4, 2006
Series: Bristol Phoenix Press Ignibus Paperbacks