Vergil in the Middle Ages

ISBN-10: 0691026785
ISBN-13: 9780691026787
Edition: 1997 (Revised)
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List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/12/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

From its first complete Italian printing in 1872 up to the present day, Domenico Comparetti'sVergil in the Middle Ageshas been acknowledged as a masterpiece, regarded by some critics as "a true and proper history of European consciousness from antiquity to Dante." Treating Vergil's poetry as a foundation of Latin European identity, Comparetti seeks to give a complete history of the medieval conception of the preeminent poet. Scholars of the time had transformed Vergil into a sage and a seer, a type of universal philosopher--even a Christian poet and a guide of a Christian poet. In the mid-twelfth century, there surfaced legends that converted Vergil into a magician, endowing him with supernatural powers. Comparetti explores the ongoing interest in Vergil's poetry as it appeared in popular folklore and legends as well as in medieval classical scholarship. This great synthesizing work, which has been unavailable for over twenty years, is now back in print, based on E.F.M. Benecke's 1895 translation of the Italian second edition. Comparetti begins with the period in which Vergil lived and goes on to evaluate how the later images, particularly the legends, of Vergil coincide with the more scholarly accounts of his life. The result is a grand sweep of literary history from the first century B.C.E. through the end of the Middle Ages, with implications for the nineteenth century and the rise of Italian nationalism.

Introduction
Preface to the First Edition
The Vergil of Literary Tradition
Importance for Vergil's reputation of the Aeneid
Predilection of the Romans for Epic Poetry
National character of the Aeneid, and its connection with the Roman sentiment
First impressions produced by the Poem
Value of the grammatical, rhetorical and erudite elements in the Poem, and importance of these features from the conteemporary point of view
Nature of the earliest critical works on Vergil, and character of the first judgments passed on him
Proofs of the Poet's popularity in the best days of the Empire
Vergil in the schools and the grammatical treatises
Vergil in the rhetorical schools
Reaction in favour of the earlier writers; effect of this upon Vergil; Fronto and his followers, Aulus Gellius
Veneration felt for Vergil; the Sortes Vergilianae
Popularity of Vergil
The Centos
The Commentators, Aelius, Donatus and Servius
Philosophical interpretations
Exaggerations of the historical allegory in the Bucolics
Vergil regarded as a rhetorician; the rhetorical commentary of Tib. Cl. Donatus
Macrobius, the idea of Vergil's omniscience and infallibility
Vergil as an authority on grammar; Donatus and Priscian
Nature of Vergil's reputation at the downfall of the Empire
Christianity and the Middle Ages
Survival of the ancient scholastic traditions; the limits of this
Vergil as the incarnation of grammar
Position of Vergil and the other classical pagan writers in the midst of enthusiasm for christianity
Vergil as prophet of Christ
The philosophical allegory
Nature and causes of the allegorical interpretation of Vergil; Fulgentius; Bernard de Chartres; John of Salisbury; Dante
Grammatical and rhetorical studies in the Middle Ages; use made of Vergil in these
The Vergilian biography; its vicissitudes; literary legends as to his life; distinction betwen these and the popular legends
Rhetorical exercises in verse on Vergilian themes
Medieval Latin poetry in classical form
Small success of the monks in this kind of poetry
Rhythmical poetry
Clerical conception of antiquity in the Middle Ages
Vergil's position in this conception
The causes that led to the Renaissance
The reawakening of the Laity
Popular literature
The features in this peculiar to Italy
Dante
Character and tendency of his intellectual activity
Limits of his classical culture
The points in this where he approaches the medieval monks and where he differs from them
Consideration of the degree to which he was a forerunner of the Renaissance
His felling for classical poetry
The ancient Roman Empire and Dante's Italian partriotism
Reason of the sympathy between Dante and Vergil
The bello stile of Dante and Vergil
Vergil in the Divina Commedia
Historical and symbolical reasons for his appearance there
Why Vergil, and not Aristotle, is Dante's guide
Points of difference between Dante's type of Vergil and that usual in the Middle Ages
Elimination of certain features, idealisation of others
Vergil and Christianity in Dante's poem
The nature of Vergil's omniscience there
The prophecy of Christ
The relation between Vergil and Statius
Vergil and Dante's ideal Empire
Vergil in the Dolopathos
The merging of the scholastic tradition in the popular
THE VERGIL OF POPULAR LEGEND
Relation of romantic literature to the classical tradition
Classical antiquity romanticised
The Romance of Aeneas
The Dolopathos
The Magician and t

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