Aeneid Book XII. Edited by Richard Tarrant.
Cambridge University Press, 2012. 374p. Paperback. Series: Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. ‘With this new commentary, Tarrant meets the challenge (of fitting the amount of copious scholarship on the Twelfth Book of the Aeneid to a volume of manageable size that will be thorough and useful - ND) with great aplomb, having produced a volume that is balanced, nuanced, learned, and thought-provoking. Tarrant follows the familiar commentary format: a substantial introduction, text (with apparatus criticus), commentary, an interesting appendix, bibliography, a general index, and an index of Latin word. The author states that the commentary aims ‘to be accessible to students at the university level and upper classes of schools, but also to contain material of interest to professional classicists’ (p.44). I submit that he succeeds admirably in both goals. (…) the lengthy introduction lays the groundwork for much of what is to follow in the commentary proper. (…) Tarrant’s comments on metrical issues are excellent. (…) In addition, throughout the commentary, Tarrant frequently demonstrates the ways in which meter, anaphora, enjambment, etc. contribute to the construction of meaning and makes a strong case for their impact on interpretation. (…) Similarly, there is much to gain from the comments on text and grammar. (…) In points of interpretation, Tarrant’s comments are excellent in many important scenes. (…) Tarrant’s volume is an exciting addition to the growing number of new Vermilion commentaries and will be a useful companion to both student and scholar.’ (VASSILIKI PANOUSSI in Muse, 2014. pp.291-295).