Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

Pietas from Vergil to Dryden

For centuries the most revered poem in the Western literary canon, Vergil's Aeneid celebrates the Roman virtue of pietas. In the preface to his English translation of the poem, John Dryden attempts to explain all that this virtue includes: "Piety alone," he writes, "comprehends the whole Duty of Man towards the Gods, towards his Country, and towards his Relations." Dryden's definition belongs to a dialogue about meaning that reflects a history of contention over… (more)

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Publisher: Penn State University Press (March 02, 1992)

Page count: 356 pages

Language: English


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