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    DescriptionThe Georgics has for many years been a source of fierce controversy among scholars of Latin literature. Is the work optimistic or pessimistic, pro- or anti-Augustan? Should we read it as a eulogy or a bitter critique of Rome and her imperial ambitions? This book suggests that the ambiguity of the poem is the product of a complex and thorough-going engagement with earlier writers in the didactic tradition: Hesiod, Aratus and - above all - Lucretius. Drawing on both traditional, philological approaches to allusion, and modern theories of intertextuality, it shows how the world-views of the earlier poets are subjected to scrutiny and brought into conflict with each other. Detailed consideration of verbal parallels and of Lucretian themes, imagery and structural patterns in the Georgics forms the basis for a reading of Virgil's poem as an extended meditation on the relations between the individual and society, the gods and the natural environment.


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    Title
    Virgil on the Nature of Things
    Subtitle
    The Georgics, Lucretius and the Didactic Tradition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Monica R. Gale
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 581 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521781114
    ISBN 10: 0521781116
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    B&T General Subject: 480
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: LAN000000, PHI002000
    DC21: 871.01
    B&T Approval Code: A24202500
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A10201530
    DC22: 871/.01
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    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
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    LC classification: PA6804.G4 G35 2000
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    Thema V1.0: CB, DSBB, DB, DSC
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 January 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    'The book is characterized by thorough scholarship, discerning interpretation, and clear exposition. The success that she has achieved speaks both for her own energy and imagination, and for the abiding importance of the relationship between Virgil and his great predecessor.' Journal of Roman Studies
    Table of contents
    Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: influence, allusion, intertextuality; 2. Beginnings and endings; 3. The gods, the farmer and the natural world; 4. Virgil's metamorphoses: mythological allusions; 5. Labor improbus; 6. The wonders of the natural world; 7. The cosmic battlefield: warfare and military imagery; 8. Epilogue: the philosopher and the farmer; Bibliography; Indexes.