Servius' Commentary on Book Four of Vergil's Aeneid: An Annotated Translation


Servius' Commentary is important not only as a rich source of information on Virgil's masterpiece but also for its countless gems about Roman life and literature. Its value has remained unquestioned.

This dual-language (Latin and English) edition offers an English translation of the text of Virgil's Aeneid, Book 4 (the story of Dido and Aeneas, probably the most widely read book), with a translation of Servius' celebrated commentary below. On facing pages are the original, unadapted Latin texts of Vergil and Servius, allowing easy access to Servius' seminal work. This edition is an unparalleled tool for both scholars and teachers, and the ideal complement for any in-depth study of the Aeneid.

Special Features

  • Frontispiece: Facsimile page from the 1536 edition of Servius’ commentary on Book 4
  • Introduction on the life of Servius, the textual tradition
  • Unadapted Latin text of Virgil's Aeneid, Book 4, with Servius' Commentary in unadapted Latin below
  • Facing-page translation of both Virgil and Servius
  • Endnotes
  • Guide to further reading

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