Virgil's Garden: The Nature of Bucolic Space

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The bucolic natives are aware of the presence of Rome, and Virgil himself is free to enter their world. Virgil's bucolic space is, in many ways, a poetic replication of the public and private gardens of his Roman audience - enclosed green spaces which afforded the citizen sheltered social and cultural activities, temporary respite from the turbulence of public life, and a tamed landscape in which to play out the tensions between the simple ideal and the complexities of reality. 'Virgil's Garden' looks at the ...

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Overview

The bucolic natives are aware of the presence of Rome, and Virgil himself is free to enter their world. Virgil's bucolic space is, in many ways, a poetic replication of the public and private gardens of his Roman audience - enclosed green spaces which afforded the citizen sheltered social and cultural activities, temporary respite from the turbulence of public life, and a tamed landscape in which to play out the tensions between the simple ideal and the complexities of reality. 'Virgil's Garden' looks at the 'Eclogues' in terms of the relationship between its contents and its cultural context, making connections between the 'Eclogues' and the representational modes of Roman art, Roman concepts of space and landscape, and Roman gardens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781472504456
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/9/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Jones is Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Liverpool, and the author of 'Juvenal and the Satiric Genre'.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11

1 The Generic Landscape and Bucolic Space 17

2 Flora 29

3 Fauna 39

4 Places in and out of Eclogue-land 43

Places outside Greece and Italy 44

Places in the Greek world 45

Sicily 47

Arcadia (i) 48

Places in Italy 50

Timavus and Illyricum 50

Rome 51

Cremona and Mantua 57

The Mincius 57

Arcadia (ii) and the Mincius 58

Arcadia (iii), Gallus, and Eclogue 60

Places: Conclusion 64

5 Climate, Time, Geology, Geography 67

Climate and time 67

Geology and geography 70

Mountains 71

Caves, woods, springs, rivers 72

Bogs, mud, stones, sand 75

Sea 75

Natural geography: Conclusion 64

6 Human Geography 79

Occupations and social roles 79

Familial roles 82

Dwellings 83

Diet 83

Human geography 84

Nymphs, fauns, and satyrs 85

7 Named People 89

Bucolic names 89

Recurrent names 90

Non-bucolic names 91

Special figures (i) Virgil, Daphnis, and Polyphemus and Galatea 103

Special figures (ii) Roman figures 107

Bucolic charades 109

Poetry and poets in Rome and Eclogue-land 111

8 Containing Reality; Realisms and Realities 113

Self-referentiality and the depiction of depiction 115

Illusionism and reality effect 118

Landscape and painting 122

Nature, art, and artifice; the Garden 135

Structure; montage and complexity 147

9 Conclusion 149

Notes 151

Bibliography 185

Index of Passages 197

General Index 199

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