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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
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 pounds


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