By Clyde Pharr
Heralded since its first publication in 1964, Clyde Pharr’s Vergil’s Aeneid, Books I–VI has shepherded countless high school and college students through the intricacies of this masterpiece of poetry. This text continues to serve courses studying the full text of the first six books of the Aeneid.
This is the book that revolutionized Latin textbooks, with its student-friendly format of vocabulary and notes on the same page as the Latin text, and unique pull-out vocabulary of most-often repeated words. Together, these allow for faster reading, unimpeded by the page-turning required to look up vocabulary or consult notes. Pharr’s Aeneid is the all-time most popular textbook of Vergil’s Aeneid. Grammatical notes are supported by a full grammatical appendix; vocabulary memorization is aided by vocabulary lists, arranged by frequency of occurrence, for drilling. The perfect edition for both classroom and home study.
- General introduction
- Full Latin text of Books I–VI of Vergil's Aeneid, with selected vocabulary and notes on the same page
- 24 black-and-white illustrations plus map of Aeneas' voyage
- Grammatical appendix
- Index to Grammatical Appendix
- Word Lists for Vocabulary Drill
- Updated, extensive Selective Bibliography
- Pull-out General Word List
Clyde Pharr is the author of Homeric Greek: A Book for Beginners (1921; repr 1959). He received a PhD in classics in 1910 from Yale University. He taught classics at Ohio Wesleyan University (1912–1917), Southwestern Presbyterian University (1918–1924), and Vanderbilt (1924–1950).
Comments and Reviews
What a wonderful introduction to Latin poetry this work is. The fold-out vocabulary sheet and on-the-page vocabulary lists (referenced by non-italicizing the text) facilitate translation for beginning Latin scholars who must plod through the 1800 lines or so for the AP exam. The notes are copious and provide a much needed introduction to general features of Latin poetry.
— Jon Torodash
The Tatnall School
November 21, 2004
This book is the pinnacle of Aeneid translators. I used this in AP Latin during high school and have recently purchased my own copy to start it up again. The footnotes and appendices are invaluable resources in their helpfulness and explanation of Vergil’s poetry and scansion for those not familiar with dactyllic hexameter. The word list in the back is very helpful as well…. Highly recommended by everyone with whom I’ve spoken who know of the Aeneid.
— Adam Webb, student
June 24, 2005