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The Other Virgil: `Pessimistic' Readings of the Aeneid in Early Modern Culture

Craig Kallendorf


This book tells the story of how a classic like the Aeneid can say different things to different people. As a school text it was generally taught to support the values and ideals of a succession of postclassical societies. But between 1500 and 1800, a number of unusually sensitive readers responded to cues in the text that call into question what the poem appears to be supporting. This book focuses on the literary works written by these readers to show how they used the Aeneid as a model for poems that probed and challenged the dominant values of their society, just as Virgil had done centurie ... More

Keywords: Aeneid, postclassical society, Milton, Paradise Lost, Shakespeare, The Tempest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Kallendorf, author
Professor of English and Classics, Texas A&M University
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