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Georgics / Edition 1
     

Georgics / Edition 1

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by R. A. B. Nynors, Mynors, Virgil
 

ISBN-10: 0198149786

ISBN-13: 9780198149781

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Georgics is a poem by Latin poet Virgil, likely published in 29 BC.

Virgil begins his poem with a summary of the four books, followed by a prayer to various agricultural deities as well as Augustus himself. It takes as its model the work on farming by Varro, but differs from it in important ways. Numerous technical passages fill out the first half of Book 1; of

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The Georgics is a poem by Latin poet Virgil, likely published in 29 BC.

Virgil begins his poem with a summary of the four books, followed by a prayer to various agricultural deities as well as Augustus himself. It takes as its model the work on farming by Varro, but differs from it in important ways. Numerous technical passages fill out the first half of Book 1; of particular interest are lines 160-175, where Virgil describes the plow. In the succession of ages, whose model is ultimately Hesiod, the age of Jupiter and its relation to the golden age and the current age of man are crafted with deliberate tension. Of chief importance is the contribution of labor to the success or failure of mankind's endeavors, agricultural or otherwise. The book comes to one climax with the description of a great storm in lines 311-50, which brings all of man's efforts to naught. After detailing various weather-signs, Virgil ends with an enumeration of the portents associated with Caesar's assassination and civil war; only Octavian offers any hope of salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198149781
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Book IWorks and Days1
Book IIThe Care of Plants and Vines41
Book IIILivestock77
Book IVThe Race of Bees117
Select Bibliography149

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