Das geographische Bild des alten Italien in Vergils Aeneis.
Dieterichse Verlagsbuchhandlung, Leipzig, 1932. IV,112p. Sewn. Head and tail spine a bit worn. Lower part front cover and first pages a little bit creased. Upper and lower edge a bit foxed. Signature on title page. Series: Philologus, Supplementband XXIV, Heft II. (Rare). ‘An interesting and suggestive book. Herr Rehm is thoroughly conversant with the literature of his subject and up to date in it. As he does not, like some of his fellow-countrymen, neglect English authorities, he makes good use of Warde Fowler’s well-known books, of Miss Crump’s valuable ‘ Growth of the Aeneid’, and of Dr. Mackail’s recent edition. The author’s main sources are, as might be expected, the catalogues of books 7 and 10 (North Italy) and the short periplus of book 3. (…) The latter half of the book deals with the topography of the Rome-Ostia-Lavinium triangle, the scene of books 7-12. Herr Rehm disagrees with Carcopino’s equation of Laurentum with Lavinium, and regards the scenic descriptions as in the main of the literary-conventional type; an exception being made of the Tiber, with which, as he holds, Vergil deals more realistically. The author points out that in general Vergil’s pictures of scenery are few and that he contents himself rather, following the example of Homer in the catalogue of B, with the use of pictorial epithets. The book ends with an examination of Vergil’s catalogues as compared with that of Silius Italicus in book 8. For all three Herr Rehm sees a common source in Varro, ‘Antiq. humanae’, book XI.’ (M. PLATNAUER in The Classical Review, 1932, p.227). ‘The most thorough treatment of the details of Italian landscape and ethnography is that of B. Rehm, ‘Das geographische Bild den alten Italien in Vergils Aeneis’ (Leipzig, 1932), to be supplemented by the articles on particular names and places in the ‘Enciclopedia Virgiliana’. (Cambridge Companion to Vergil, 1997).