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Virgil and his Translators$
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Susanna Braund and Zara Martirosova Torlone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810810.001.0001

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The Aeneid and ‘Les Belles Lettres’

The Aeneid and ‘Les Belles Lettres’

Virgil’s Epic in French between Fiction and Philology, from Veyne back to Perret

(p.209) 14 The Aeneid and ‘Les Belles Lettres’
Virgil and his Translators

Séverine Clément-Tarantino

Susanna Braund

Oxford University Press

This chapter walks us backwards on the path of French prose translations of Virgil, from Paul Veyne to Jacques Perret. While Clément-Tarantino emphasizes that Veyne’s fluid and vivacious translation rekindled the interest of the French-reading public in Virgil, she also analyses the principles behind Perret’s translation of the Aeneid in the context of his book Latin et culture. In this work, which elaborates on the ?art of translation?, Perret considered attention to the philological and prosodic intricacies of the source text to be the main goal for the ‘ideal translator’; yet he decided to translate the Aeneid in prose. Perret’s translation of the Aeneid for Les Belles Lettres serves the goal of facilitating the reading of Virgil in Latin; by contrast, Veyne distanced himself from philological scrutiny, offering instead the renewed pleasure of reading Virgil in French.

Keywords:   Classiques en Poche, Latin et culture, Les Belles Lettres, Perret, philology, Veyne, prose translations

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