Virgil's Georgics

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"Virgil's Georgics is an ancient work (composed between 37 and 30 B.C.E.), yet one that speaks to our times as powerfully as it did to the poet's. This translation presents the poem in an American idiom that is sensitive to the meaning and rhythm of the original. Janet Lembke brings a faithful version of Virgil's celebratory poem to modern readers." The word georgics means farming. Written at the request of Maecenas, who wished to revive interest in the old Roman virtues of industry and a love for rustic life, the poem provides instructions for farmers along with a passionate message for the land and for the crops and animals that it sustains. It will appeal to those who relish reading about animals and gardens and to those who care passionately about great poetry.
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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
“An attractive and serious translation that gives English readers a good idea of the Georgics.”—David Quint, New Republic

— David Quint

From the Publisher
“A major new translation.”—Rosanna Warren

“This work is clearly by a master translator. Lembke moves easily from the Latin hexameter into English verse of loose, five-beat rhythm that well captures that of the original.”—Michael Putnam, Brown University

Michael Putnam
This work is clearly by a master translator. Lembke moves easily from the Latin hexameter into English verse of loose, five-beat rhythm that well captures that of the original.”—Michael Putnam, Brown University
Rosanna Warren
"A major new translation."—Rosanna Warren
New Republic - David Quint
“An attractive and serious translation that gives English readers a good idea of the Georgics.”—David Quint, New Republic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300119862
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Series: The Yale New Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 971,126
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Lembke writes about the natural world and is a distinguished translator of the classics in both Latin and Greek. Her translations include Euripides’ Electra and Hecuba and Aeschylus’s Persians. Among her nonfiction books are Skinny Dipping: And Other Immersions in Water, Myth and Being Human and Dangerous Birds: A Naturalist’s Aviary.

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