Quintus Ennius - Q. Enni Poetae Vetustissimi Quae Supersunt Fragmenta Ab Hieronymo Columna - 1590

Quintus Ennius - Q. Enni Poetae Vetustissimi Quae Supersunt Fragmenta Ab Hieronymo Columna - 1590
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Coeval full parchment binding in excellent condition, title handwritten longitudinally on the spine in beautiful antique handwriting. Collated, complete, except for the last blank sheet, which is missing. 8 unnumbered pages, including the cover page, XVI-26 numbered pages, 27-30 unnumbered sheets, 31-304 numbered pages, 5 unnumbered pages, 306-505 unnumbered pages, the back of page 505 is blank, 20 unnumbered sheets. The first full edition of the Ennius’ Fragments (a partial edition was published in 1585). DBI ad vocem quotes the curator and scholar Girolamo Colonna "to this work, in fact, is linked the memory of Colonna because many scholars of Ennius, at least until the nineteenth century, have held him in high regard appreciating and always praising the critical abilities of the curator ". The text is a work of great classical erudition that was published posthumously by Girolamo Colonna's son, Giovanni. Inside, a letter from the author to his son, a biography of the Latin author, the Fragments divided into four books, including annals, comedies, tragedies, Evemero or sacred history. See Treccani, "Author of the Annales, an epic poem in 18 books, which tell in chronological order the events of the history of Rome and Lazio since the arrival of Aeneas. Ennius’ great novelty is the replacement of the heroic hexameter, the verse of Greek epic, in favour of the saturnio: with this he laid the foundation of Latin poetry; although Ennius’ hexameter is still hard and crude and the search for effects led the poet to use unpleasant assonances and alliterations for the refined taste of the later age, he still opened the way to Augustan poetry...Ennius may have published the poem at a later time. The first three books were to deal with the royal age, then books 4-6 with the events up to the Punic wars, narrated in books 7-9; books 10-12 with the Macedonian war; books 13-16 with the war with Antiochus and until the Istrian war (178 BC). A sure reconstruction of books 17 and 18 is not possible. Ennius resumed the concept and partly the design of Naevius’ Bellum Poenicum, adapting the content to the lines of the Homeric epos, reconciling the fantastic element, the direct intervention of the divinities with the exaltation of Roman virtue.. Of the 18 books (about 30,000 verses), we now have about 600 verses (fragments of a certain extent, or single verses, hemistics, loose words), which give us only a pale idea of ​​the poem, but from them we can detect the enthusiasm with which the great Roman characters and their virtues are outlined, and high-poetry accents can be seen, combined with a lively sense of the beauty of nature. " In excellent condition with full margins, some minor mildew.

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Quintus Ennius
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Q. Enni Poetae Vetustissimi Quae Supersunt Fragmenta Ab Hieronymo Columna
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