Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Napoleon on Vergil

C.M. Bowra, From Virgil to Milton (1945; rpt. London: Macmillan, 1967), p. 41 (on the Aeneid):
It is significant that Book II, his most sustained and most finished scene of battle, did not meet with the approval of Napoleon, who said that Virgil was "nothing but the regent of a college, who had never gone outside his doors and did not know what an army was."
I noticed a misprint in this book on p. 75, where Bowra quotes Vergil, Aeneid 11.232-233:
fatalem Aeneas manifesto numine ferri
admonet ira deum tumulique ante ora recentes.
For Aeneas read Aenean.


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