Bucolic Ecology

Bucolic Ecology : Virgil's "Eclogues" and the Environmental Literary Tradition

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Beginning in outer space and ending up among the atoms, "Bucolic Ecology" illustrates how these poems repeatedly turn to the natural world in order to define themselves and their place in the literary tradition. It argues that the 'Eclogues' find there both a sequence of analogies for their own poetic processes and a map upon which can be located other landmarks in Greco-Roman literature. Unlike previous studies of this kind, "Bucolic Ecology" does not attribute to Virgil a predominantly Romantic conception of nature and its relationship to poetry, but by adopting such differing approaches to the physical world as astronomy, geography, topography, landscape and ecology, it offers an account of the Eclogues that emphasises their range and complexity and reaffirms their innovation and audacity.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 299.37g
  • Bristol Classical Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0715636170
  • 9780715636176
  • 2,560,599

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Saunder's work showcases the remarkable depth and variety of Virgil s, and his poetic predecessors, engagement with the natural world as a mysterious and bountiful fund of poetic meaning; he has laid the groundwork for further exploration of the importance of the natural world as a medium of thought in ancient literature and beyond.
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About Timothy Saunders

Timothy Saunders is Postdoctoral scholar at the University of Tromso.
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