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Playing the Farmer : Representations of Rural Life in Vergil's Georgics
by Philip Thibodeau


Overview - "Playing the Farmer" reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil s "Georgics," a vibrant work written by Rome s premier epic poet shortly before he began the "Aeneid." Setting the "Georgics" in the social context of its day, Philip Thibodeau for the first time connects the poem s idyllic, and idealized, portrait of rustic life and agriculture with changing attitudes toward the countryside in late Republican and early Imperial Rome.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"Playing the Farmer" reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil s "Georgics," a vibrant work written by Rome s premier epic poet shortly before he began the "Aeneid." Setting the "Georgics" in the social context of its day, Philip Thibodeau for the first time connects the poem s idyllic, and idealized, portrait of rustic life and agriculture with changing attitudes toward the countryside in late Republican and early Imperial Rome. He argues that what has been seen as a straightforward poem about agriculture is in fact an enchanting work of fantasy that elevated, and sometimes whitewashed, the realities of country life. Drawing from a wide range of sources, Thibodeau shows how Vergil s poem reshaped agrarian ideals in its own time, and how it influenced Roman poets, philosophers, agronomists, and orators. "Playing the Farmer" brings a fresh perspective to a work that was praised by Dryden as the best poem by the best poet. "

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780520268326
  • ISBN-10: 0520268326
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publish Date: July 2011
  • Page Count: 326


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