The Georgics of Virgil: A Critical Survey

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CUP Archive, 1969 - History - 363 pages
This highly acclaimed book was, when it was first published in 1969, the first complete book in English devoted to the Georgics of Virgil, of which Mr Wilkinson provides a comprehensive survey. With careful scholarship and shrewd verbal and stylistic analysis combined with sober common sense, he deals with Virgil's early life, the conception of the poem and its composition and structure. He also examines the poem's intellectual ancestry, studies its literary, philosophic, political and agricultural aspects and finally deals with its fortunes from classical times to the present day. Prose translations of quoted passages make this book accessible to readers other than students of classics.

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Contents

APPENDIXES
3
EARLY LIFE OF VIRGIL
16
THE CONCEPTION OF THE GEORGICS
49
Aratus
60
COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE
69
THE ARISTAEUS EPYLLION
108
PHILOSOPHICAL MORAL AND RELIGIOUS IDEAS
121
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL IDEAS
153
AGRICULTURAL LORE
223
х THE GEORGICS IN AFTER TIMES
270
Recent literature on the structure of the Georgics page
314
The proem to Book 3
323
Literature on agricultural lore in the Georgics
329
List of modern works cited
343
Index of proper names
351
Index of passages cited from the Georgics
360

POETIC APPROACH AND ART
183

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