About this Site

This site supplements the print form of The Virgilian Tradition. It offers the table of contents to the book, with indications of additions and corrections to specific entries. Additionally, it provides other material not in the published volume, such as a Supplementary Index of Folklore Motifs and a list of useful links. Those who wish to supply further updates about ancient or medieval texts or recent bibliography, or to share ideas for using The Virgilian Tradition in teaching or research, should feel free to send us an email.

About the Book

This indispensable anthology gathers texts and translations that cover major aspects of the Virgilian tradition from the Roman poet's own lifetime to the year 1500. Unprecedented in scope, the book presents a vast compendium of materials that illuminate how poets, teachers, students, and common folk responded to Virgil and his poetry. The volume offers a brief commentary on each text, many of which are translated into English for the first time.

The book begins with a chronological survey of Virgil's influence upon writers from Augustan Rome to Renaissance Italy. There follow detailed reviews of biographies of Virgil, of how his writings were received and used, and of how the poet was envisaged and explained through the centuries. The final section focuses on the tradition of legends associated with Virgil.

About the Editors

Jan M. Ziolkowski, author of more than a dozen books on medieval literature, is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Michael C. J. Putnam is W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and professor of comparative literature, Brown University. He is the author of Virgil's Epic Designs and Horace's Carmen Saeculare, published by Yale University Press.

Where to buy

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Cover ISBN 978-0-300-10822-4


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