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Virgil Vol. 1, Bks. I-II

The Georgics

Virgil( )
Author: Virgil,
Editor: Thomas, Richard F.
Contribution by: Easterling, P. E.
Hardie, Philip
Hunter, Richard
Kenney, E. J.
Series title:Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics Ser.
ISBN:978-0-521-27850-8
Publication Date:Jul 1988
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $45.95
Book Description:

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...
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Book Details
Pages:288
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / Subjects & Themes / General
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):12.7 x 20.4 x 1.9 cm
Book Weight:0.323 Kilograms
Author Biography
Virgil (Author)
Virgil was born on October 15, 70 B.C.E., in Northern Italy in a small village near Mantua. He attended school at Cremona and Mediolanum (Milan), then went to Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine and rhetoric, and finally completed his studies in Naples. He entered literary circles as an "Alexandrian," the name given to a group of poets who sought inspiration in the sophisticated work of third-century Greek poets, also known as Alexandrians. In 49 BC Virgil became a Roman citizen.

After his studies in Rome, Vergil is believed to have lived with his father for about 10 years, engaged in farm work, study, and writing poetry. After the battle of Philippi in 42 B.C.E. Virgil¿s property in Cisalpine Gaul, was confiscated for veterans. In the following years Virgil spent most of his time in Campania and Sicily, but he also had a house in Rome. During the reign of emperor Augustus, Virgil became a member of his court circle and was advanced by a minister, Maecenas, patron of the arts and close friend to the poet Horace. He gave Virgil a house near Naples.

Between 42 and 37 B.C.E. Virgil composed pastoral poems known as Bucolic or Eclogues and spent years on the Georgics. The rest of his life, from 30 to 19 B.C., Virgil devoted to The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome, and the glory of the Empire. Although ambitious, Virgil was never really happy about the task.

Virgil died in 19 B. C.

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