Thibodeau, Philip.

Playing the Farmer : Representations of Rural Life in Vergil's Georgics - 1 - Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011. - 1 online resource (335 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Cover; Contents; Introduction; One: Agricolae; Two: Playing the Farmer; Three: Nobility in Rustication; Four: A Protreptic to Agronomy; Five: To Enchant Readers; Six: The Reception of the Georgics in Early Imperial Rome; Appendix One: Vergil's Economic Status; Appendix Two: Early Readership of the Georgics; Notes; Bibliography; General Index; Index Locorum

Playing the Farmer reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil's Georgics, a vibrant work written by Rome's premier epic poet shortly before he began the Aeneid. Setting the Georgics in the social context of its day, Philip Thibodeau for the first time connects the poem's idyllic, and idealized, portrait of rustic life and agriculture with changing attitudes toward the countryside in late Republican and early Imperial Rome. He argues that what has been seen as a straightforward poem about agriculture is in fact an enchanting work of fantasy that elevated, and sometimes whitewashed, the realities of country life. Drawing from a wide range of sources, Thibodeau shows how Vergil's poem reshaped agrarian ideals in its own time, and how it influenced Roman poets, philosophers, agronomists, and orators. Playing the Farmer brings a fresh perspective to a work that was praised by Dryden as "the best poem by the best poet."

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Agriculture in literature.
Agriculture in literature.
Didactic poetry, Latin - History and criticism.
Didactic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Epic poetry, Classical - History and criticism.
Epic poetry, Classical -- History and criticism.
Rome - In literature.
Rome -- In literature.
Virgil. Georgica.

Electronic books.

PA6804.G4 T48 2011

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