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Eclogues and Georgics
by Virgil and James Rhoades

Overview - With the "Eclogues, " Virgil established his reputation as a major poet, and with the "Georgics, " he created a masterpiece of Latin poetry. Virgil drew upon the tradition of Greek pastoral poetry, importing it into an Italian setting and providing in these two works the model for subsequent European interpretations of the genre.  Read more...

 
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Overview
With the "Eclogues, " Virgil established his reputation as a major poet, and with the "Georgics, " he created a masterpiece of Latin poetry. Virgil drew upon the tradition of Greek pastoral poetry, importing it into an Italian setting and providing in these two works the model for subsequent European interpretations of the genre.
The "Eclogues" unfolds in an idyllic landscape, under less-than-tranquil circumstances. Its shepherds tend their flocks amid not only the inner turmoil of unrequited love but also the external pressures of the civil war that followed Julius Caesar's assassination in 44 B.C. Forced from their homes, the dispossessed shepherds voice a heartfelt longing for peace.
Dryden declared the "Georgics" "the best poem by the best poet," and through the ages, it has been much admired and imitated. A paean to Italy and the country's natural beauty, it rejoices in the values of rustic piety, the pleasures of family life, and the vitality of the Italian people.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780486445595
  • ISBN-10: 0486445593
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publish Date: September 2005
  • Page Count: 100

Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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