Virgil's Aeneid: Semantic Relations and Proper Names

Virgil's Aeneid: Semantic Relations and Proper Names

Virgil's Aeneid: Semantic Relations and Proper Names

Virgil's Aeneid: Semantic Relations and Proper Names

Synopsis

Paschalis offers a new reading of the whole Aeneid based on the meaning of proper names and using the scene of Laocoon and the Trojan Horse as a model. He sheds fresh light on every episode and book of the epic from the storm of Aeneid 1 to the death of Turnus, and reveals a sustained, pervasive, and deep-going exploitation of the meaning of names.

Excerpt

When in 1984 I began the study of proper names in the Aeneid I could hardly imagine the difficulty of the task and the great length of time it would require. the book has gone through countless stages of revision, its subject and scope were widened until it turned into an overall interpretation of Virgil's epic. in 1988 it was accepted for Publication by Oxford University Press and announced in Vergilius (25 (1989), 99) by A. G. McKay.

I am deeply indebted to R. O. A. M. Lyne for his enthusiastic encouragement of my research in this area. I am also grateful to the British Council for a grant which permitted me to visit libraries in England. My colleagues Stavros Frangoulidis and Stamatis Philippidis have my thanks for reading through the typescript, my student Helen Manolaraki for checking references, and computer services officer George Motakis for technical assistance. It is finally a pleasure to thank oup classics editor Hilary O'Shea and assistant editor Liz Alsop for their assistance, as well as copy-editor Julian Ward who was most helpful in preparing the work for the press.

M.P.

Rethymnon April 1996 . . .

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