The Virgilian Tradition II brings together thirteen essays by historian Craig Kallendorf.

The essays present a distinctive approach to the reception of the canonical classical author Virgil, that is focused around the early printed books through which that author was read and interpreted within early modern culture. Using the prefaces, dedicatory letters, and commentaries that accompanied the early modern editions of Virgil’s Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid, and Appendix Virgiliana, they demonstrate how this paratextual material was used by early readers to develop a more nuanced interpretation of Virgil’s writings than twentieth-century scholars believed they were capable of. The approach developed throughout this volume shows how the emerging field of book history can enrich our understanding of the reception of Greek and Latin authors.

This book will appeal to scholars and students of early modern history, as well as those interested in book history and cultural history. (CS 1103).

chapter |4 pages


part 1|85 pages

Renaissance Readings of Virgil

chapter 1|14 pages

Allusion as Reception

Virgil, Milton, and the modern reader

chapter 2|11 pages

Historicizing the “Harvard School”

Pessimistic readings of the Aeneid in Italian Renaissance scholarship

chapter 3|19 pages

Representing the Other

Ercilla's La Araucana, Virgil's Aeneid, and the New World encounter 1

chapter 5|11 pages

Nicodemus Frischlin's Dido

Virgil on the German stage

chapter 6|15 pages

The Neo-Latin Epic

part 2|35 pages

Early Books and Manuscripts, Mostly Virgilian

chapter 7|20 pages

The Medium is the Message

From manuscript to the hand press to the computer age

chapter 9|21 pages

A Humanist Annotator of Virgil

Coluccio Salutati

chapter 10|13 pages

Virgil and Printed Books, 1500–1800

chapter 11|14 pages

Virgil and the Ethical Commentary

Philosophy, commonplaces, and the structure of Renaissance knowledge

chapter 12|16 pages

Virgil in the Renaissance Classroom

From Toscanella's Osservationi … sopra l'opere di Virgilio to the Exercitationes rhetoricae

chapter 13|20 pages

Canon, Print, and the Virgilian Corpus