Georgics: Books 1-2. Vol.1
This volume and its companion volume devoted to the second half of the poem provide a detailed commentary, with text, on the whole of Virgil's Georgics. Professor Thomas describes this work as 'perhaps the most difficult, certainly the most controversial, poem in Roman literature'. He presents the Georgics as the finished poem of Virgil's mature years, approaching it not merely as a part of the tradition of didactic poetry, but rather as a work which confronts, behind its generic appearance, issues not essentially different from those which inform the Eclogues and Aeneid. His introduction and Commentary argue that Virgil's agricultural world, with its successes, failures and ultimate limitations, represents the arena for man's struggle with the realities of existence. Professor Thomas pays particular attention to Virgil's allusion to and reshaping of prior Greek and Latin poetry. The Introduction also covers stylistic, metrical and structural questions. A subject index and indexes of important Greek and Latin words conclude each volume. This edition is aimed primarily at students at university and in the upper forms of schools, but the range of its scholarship means that it will be valuable to all classical scholars. The Introduction contains material for non-classicists interested in Latin literature.
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The models for the Georgics
The Laudes Galli
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P VERGILI MARONIS GEORGICON III
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activity adaptation adjective agricultural animals appears Aratus atque bees beginning Cato clear close comes concern context contrast creates described didactic effect elsewhere fact farmer figure final follows force four Georgics gerundives given gives golden age Greek Hesiod hinc Homeric important influence instance intended Italy Jupiter labor language Latin lines looks Lucr Lucretius meaning mentioned merely nature neque occurs Odes olive omnia opening otherwise parallel particularly passage perhaps Phaen phrase plant plough poem poet poetic poetry position preceding present produce provides quae reality recalls reference represented seems sense Servius setting similar simile soil specific spring storm stress success suggest technical tellus terra theme throughout tradition treated treatment trees Varro verb vine Virgil winter word