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The Poetry of PathosStudies in Virgilian Epic$
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Gian Biagio Conte and S. J. Harrison

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287017.001.0001

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Defensor Vergilii: Richard Heinze on Virgil’s Epic Technique

Defensor Vergilii: Richard Heinze on Virgil’s Epic Technique

(p.170) 6 Defensor Vergilii: Richard Heinze on Virgil’s Epic Technique
The Poetry of Pathos

Gian Biagio Conte (Contributor Webpage)

S. J. Harrison

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the work of Richard Heinze on Virgil's Aeneid. It provides a fascinating and well-informed analysis of Heinze's work in his epoch-making ‘Virgil's Epic Technique.’ This does not merely present Heinze's well-known role as the founder of the modern study of the poem's subjectivity, but most effectively sets his concerns and critical stance in the German intellectual context of his time. This chapter notes the ‘carve-up’ of Virgilian topics between Heinze and his friend Norden, simultaneously engaged on his great edition of Aeneid 6, but more importantly shows how Heinze was fundamentally concerned to rebut the German Romantic criticism of Virgil as artificial and derivative. Wilhelm Dilthey's hermeneutic historicism and the view that the interpretation of literature is ‘recreation’ is brilliantly shown to be an animating principle of Heinze's view on the Aeneid's recreation of Homer.

Keywords:   Richard Heinze, Virgil, Aeneid, Epic Technique, Norden, Wilhelm Dilthey, hermeneutic historicism, Homer

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