Emotional Questions: Vergil, the Emotions, and the Transformation of Epic Poetry. An Analysis of Select Scenes
ISBN 978-3-86821-189-4, 352 S., kt., € 35,00 (2009)
(BAC - Bochumer Altertumswissenschaftliches Colloquium, Bd. 82)
This book brings together traditional approaches to the reception of the Homeric epic poems in Vergil's Aeneid, new advances in the field of Hellenistic poetry, as well as latest results from studies of emotions in antiquity. Using selected Vergilian passages that can be compared with a sufficient amount of relevant material from ancient poets and philosophers, this book attempts to reconstruct in greater detail what probably was Vergil's own understanding of what it meant to write epic poetry in his time.
"Polleichtner's careful delineation of the background to Virgil's emotional scenes, together with his account of the philosophical issues at stake, will be a valuable guide for all readers of this profound and mysterious poem."
David Konstan, Gnomon 83.2 (2011)