"This little volume is thus a real contribution to the history of medieval literary theory (...)" (Andrew Galloway, in: The Medieval Journal, vol. 10/2010, p. 341)
An epic of some 500 lines on the life of Alexander the Great,
Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis ranked from
the late twelfth century until the close of the Middle Ages among
the most successful and widely read works of Latin literature.
Walter's poem marks the apogee of classicizing medieval epic on
ancient themes, emulating Silver Latin verse style with notable
Over 200 manuscripts survive, a considerable number of them
extensively glossed and so attesting the importance the poem came
quickly to enjoy as a teaching text. This volume presents one
free-standing version of the more or less ‘standard’
commentary, as recorded in a Liège manuscript of the late
fourteenth century, on a celebrated passage from the poem.