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Darkness Visible
Author: W. R. Johnson

ISBN: 9780226252230
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 5 January 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 5.5 x 9.0 x 1.3
Description:
One of the best books ever written on one of humanity's greatest epics, W. R. Johnson's classic study of Vergil'sAeneid challenges centuries of received wisdom. Johnson rejects the political and historical reading of the epic as a record of the glorious prehistory of Rome and instead foregrounds Vergil's enigmatic style and questioning of the heroic myths.

With an approach to the text that is both grounded in scholarship and intensely personal, and in a style both rhetorically elegant and passionate, Johnson offers readings of specific passages that are nuanced and suggestive as he focuses on the somber and nourishing fictions" in Vergil's poem. A timeless work of scholarship, Darkness Visible will enthrall classicists as well as students and scholars of the history of criticismspecifically the way in which politics influence modern readings of the classicsand of poetry and literature.

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