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Institute of Classical Studies


Virgil has always been copied, studied, imitated, and revered as perhaps the greatest poet of the Latin language. He has been centrally important to the transmission of the classical tradition, and has played a unique role in European education. In recognition of the richness of his reception the fourth conferences in the joint Warburg Institute and Institute of Classical Studies series on the afterlife of the Classics was devoted to the afterlife of Virgil.

 This volume focuses on the reception of the Eclogues and the Aeneid in three main areas: Italian Renaissance poetry, scholarship and visual art; English responses to Virgil’s poetry; and emerging literatures in Eastern Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Contributors are Giulia Perucchi, M. Elisabeth Schwab, Clementina Marsico, David Quint, Marilena Caciorgna, Maté Vince, Hanna Paulouskaya, Tim Markey, Charles Martindale, and Francesca Bortoletti.


Table of contents

Notes on Contributors 
Peter Mack and John North Introduction 
Giulia Perucchi ‘Locorum Quoque Doctissimus’: Virgil as Geographical Auctoritas in Petrarch’s Works 
M. Elisabeth Schwab Renaissance Re-buildings of Virgil’s Rome 
Clementina Marsico Lorenzo Valla’s Exegesis of Virgil 
David Quint Ascanius in Love: A Reconsideration of Poliziano’s Stanze 
Marilena Caciorgna Carving Love on Trees and Virgil’s Eclogue 10 
Máté Vince Virgil in Ottoman Hungary: The Aeneid and Miklós Zrínyi’s The Siege of Sziget (1651) 
Hanna Paulouskaya Virgil Travestied into Ukrainian and Belarusian 
Tim Markey The Renaissance Virgil and the Renaissance Library: Spenser’s ‘Maye’, the Eclogues, and the Aeneid 
Charles Martindale English Virgil? – from Surrey to Tennyson 
Francesca Bortoletti The Myth of Arcadia. Virgil’s Bucolics in Italian Quattrocento Poetry and Theatre 
Index of Names