An Aeneid Commentary of Mixed Type
J. Ward Jones (ed.)
248 p., 175 x 260 mm, 1997
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The Aeneid of Vergil, Rome's great epic, became a school text almost as soon
as it was published in 19 BC. Schoolmasters quickly began to compose
commentaries on it.
Commentaries in the Imperial period explicated basic meaning and offered
enlightenment on matters as rhetoric, grammar, mythology and historical and
religious antiquities. In the Middle Ages a new line of interpretation was
created as exegetes allegorized the Aeneid in order to provide moral and
ethical instruction and fit it to the new Christian context. This new
tradition culminated in the commentary on the first six books of the Aeneid
commonly attributed to Bernardus Silvestris (twelfth century). In the early Renaissance, the imperial and medieval traditions were juxtaposed.