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Preface; Part I. Background: 1. Virgil in the light of his time; 2. Life of Virgil; 3. The Eclogues; 4. The Georgics; 5. Metrical unity and continuity; Part II. Virgil and Homer: 6. 'Arms and the man'; 7. The Aeneas legend; 8. The 'Odyssean' Aeneid; 9. The 'Iliadic' Aeneid; Part III. Reading The Aeneid: 10. The text; 11. The story; 12. Structure; 13. Expression and sensibility; 14. Narrative technique; 15. The world of the dead; 16. Father-figures; 17. Juno; 18. War and heroism; 19. Fate and free will; 20. Conclusions; Part IV. The After-Life of the Aeneid: 21. Influences and reputation; 22. Virgil and Dante; 23. Virgil and renaissance epic; 24. Virgil and romanticism; Principal characters of the poem; Guide to further reading.
'This excellent introduction to the Aeneid appears as a reprint in CUP's reliable and attractive Landmarks of World Literature series ... a welcome product of detailed and careful study ... Gransden is readable and engaging and this is certainly a book that all students of Virgil, at school or university, should seek out ... Gransden's Guide is an excellent addition to any academic library.' The Journal of Classics Teaching