Virgil as Orpheus: A Study of the Georgics

Virgil as Orpheus: A Study of the Georgics

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by M. Owen Lee
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791427846

ISBN-13: 9780791427842

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Presents a popular introduction to Virgil's Georgics for the general reader.

Though John Dryden once called the Georgics “the best Poem of the best Poet,” and Montaigne thought it the most highly finished work in all of poetry, Virgil’s song of the earth has never won as many readers as has his Aeneid, and at present it is the subject of

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Presents a popular introduction to Virgil's Georgics for the general reader.

Though John Dryden once called the Georgics “the best Poem of the best Poet,” and Montaigne thought it the most highly finished work in all of poetry, Virgil’s song of the earth has never won as many readers as has his Aeneid, and at present it is the subject of more debate among classicists than perhaps any other poem in Latin. Using a Jungian approach, this book draws on the new commentaries in English as well as on the work of the great German Virgilians of the past, and is written in the eloquent, accessible, and personal style for which its author has become known. It outlines clearly the literary and historical background of the poem, discusses the sound of Virgil’s hexameters, and treats each of the four georgics in detail, with special emphasis on the concluding myth of Orpheus. The most baffling of all Latin poems is shown in these pages to be Virgil’s gift to Augustus, the most powerful man in the world as the salvational leader of the renewed Roman state, telling him what he must know about nature and about human nature if he is to rule the world well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791427842
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in Classical Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
171
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgment

I Orpheus and Aristaeus

II Virgil and Octavian

III Virgil's Sources

IV Virgil's Sounds

V Book 1: The Land

VI Book 2: Trees and Vines

VII Book 3: Animals

VIII Book 4: Bees

IX The Epyllion

X The Sphragis

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index of Names

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