P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, Et Aeneis; Virgil

P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, Et Aeneis; Virgil

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...see note to Georg. I. 513: 'confecimus, ' we have passed over: 'solvere, ' to free from the yoke: 'tempos, ' 'est' understood; Gr. 209. Rem. 4. The great beauty of the episodes in this Georgic has been sufficiently noticed. The skill with which these are interwoven with the body of the poem, and, notwithstanding their intrinsic magnificence, are made to appear subservient to the main purpose of the work, shows the diligence and success of the artist in elaborating his performance. The great difficulty of preserving unity in the treatment of such a wide and multifarious subject is thus successfully obviated, and in a manner which shows, that Virgil had as much at heart the ostensible object of these poems, the recommendation of the pursuits of agriculture to his countrymen, as the advancement of his own reputation as a poet. It should be mentioned, that recent observers of the soil and climate of Italy, and of the modes of agriculture which now succeed best in that country, bear witness to the judicious character of the precepts here given, and to the fidelity with which natural phenomena are described and commented upon. THE tJEORGICS BOOK 1n. The book opens with an invocation of the appropriate deities, who preside over pastures and flocks. The poet alludes to the difficulties of his task, the topic being a novel one for poetry, and offers the usual tribute of flattery to Cresar and Maecenas. The marks of excellence in cattle and horses are described, and precepts are given respecting the breeding of these animals and the care of their young. The management of sheep and goats is next considered, and the mention of pasturage leads naturally to a digression respecting the nomadic tribes of Scythia, and the extreme cold of their...show more

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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923081
  • 9781236923080