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Vergil in Russia: National Identity and Classical Reception

Zara Martirosova Torlone


This book aims to uncover the nature of the Russian reception of the greatest Roman poet, Vergil, and argues that the best way to analyse his presence in Russian letters is to view it in the context of the formation and development of Russian national and literary identity. The Russian reception of Vergil provided Russian thinkers with a means to define Russian European features. It also helped to clearly differentiate between ‘them’ and ‘us’, between Russia and Europe. The reception of Vergil in Russian literature began to play an integral role in the eighteenth century, starting with Peter t ... More

Keywords: Vergil, Aeneid, Europe, national identity, Peter, reception, Russia, self-determination, Latin, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689484
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zara Martirosova Torlone, author
Associate Professor of Classics, Miami University (Ohio)