Aeneidos Liber Sextus. With a Commentary by R.G. Austin.
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1977. XII,303p. Cloth wrps. Nice copy.
'It is a great pleasure to welcome this edition of 'Aeneid 6' by R. Austin (...). This book is in every way a worthy continuation of Austin's great work on Virgil, incorporated in articles in the journals and especially in his Clarendon Press commentaries on 'Aeneid' 1, 2 and 4. (...) Austin's new book combines the best in modern scholarship with a penetrating literary sensitivity which makes it essential to all serious students, and indeed to all lovers of Virgil. Well over 200 pages of commentary illuminate every aspect of the text: the scholarly apparatus and generous bibliographical references are of the kind which have already put us in Austin's debt in his other commentaries, and his enthusiastic appreciation of the poetry with all its varied rhythms and assonances, his mastery of phraseology in translation and in literary criticism (...), his deep insights into the poet's intentions all combine to make this book an outstanding event in Classical scholarship.(...) From his wide knowledge of Classical literature he gives us the relevant references to the places where we can go for fuller information, not piled up in order to establish the efficiency of his card-indexes, but selected in order to help the reader. Cross-references to his previous commentaries enrich the material here provided, and the way in which they are offered show that there was nothing static about Austin's scholarship.' (R.D. WILLIAMS in The Classical Review (New Series), 1979, pp.33-34).