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Aratus: Phaenomena by Douglas Kidd

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Author
Douglas Kidd
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
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Pages
616
ISBN
9780521582308
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Hardcover
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The Phaenomena is a didactic epic poem modelled on Hesiod s Works and Days and cleverly updated to appeal to contemporary readers interested in new trends in Greek poetry philosophy and science Aratus invokes a beneficent Stoic Zeus who has created the constellations and their movements to help men follow the progress of the solar year and also provides a great variety of signs in sky air earth and sea as warnings of weather changes This volume presents for the first time in English an edition of the poem with a full introduction a facing translation and a line by line commentary The introduction explains the literary and scientific background the characteristic features of Aratus language style and metre and the transmission of the text to the end of the Middle Ages The commentary gives help with the content of the poem and aims to discuss and resolve the many problems of text and interpretation caused by Aratus innovative use of language The text is based on a new reading of the MSS including one not used before BOOK JACKET Aratus of Soli was a highly original poet of the early 3rd century BC famous throughout antiquity for his didactic epic on constellations and weather signs and imitated by later Greek and Latin poets Modelled on Hesiod s Works and Days the poem is cleverly updated to appeal to the interests of contemporary Greek readers This volume presents in English an edition of the poem with a full introduction facing translation and a line by line commentary The introduction explains the literary and scientific background the characteristic features of Aratus s language style and metre and the transmission of the text to the end of the Middle Ages The commentary gives help with the content of the poem and aims to resolve the many problems of text and interpretation The text is based on a new reading of the manuscripts


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