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God and the Land : The Metaphysics of Farming in Hesiod and Vergil

By: Nelson, Stephanie A.
Contributor(s): Grene, David.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998Description: 1 online resource (271 p.).ISBN: 9781602562431.Subject(s): Agriculture | Agriculture in literature | Didactic poetry, Classical | Didactic poetry, Classical - History and criticism | Didactic poetry, Greek | Farm life in literature | Gods, Greek, in literature | Gods, Roman, in literature | Hesiod | Metaphysics in literature | Mythology, Classical, in literature | Seasons in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: God and the Land : The Metaphysics of Farming in Hesiod and VergilDDC classification: 873.0109 | 881.01 | 881/.01 LOC classification: PA4009.O7 N45 1998ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Abbreviations; Geneaological Table; Translator''s Note: Hesiod''s Works and Days; HESIOD''S WORKS AND DAYS; INTRODUCTION: HESIOD, POET AND FARMER; 1. THE COMPOSITION OF HESIOD''S POEMS; 2. THE MYTHIC BACKGROUND; 3. THE COMPOSITION OF THE GEORGICS: VERGIL''S FARM; 4. GOD; 5. THE HUMAN CONTEXT; 6. THE PLACE OF NATURE; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary: "The Works and Days" of Hesiod and Virgil''s "Georgics" are fundamental texts in the Greek canon. Here Nelson brings them together with a metaphysical eye, showing how the two writers each viewed the farming lifestyle as a system of belief unto itself. A translation of Hesiod is included.
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Contents; Abbreviations; Geneaological Table; Translator''s Note: Hesiod''s Works and Days; HESIOD''S WORKS AND DAYS; INTRODUCTION: HESIOD, POET AND FARMER; 1. THE COMPOSITION OF HESIOD''S POEMS; 2. THE MYTHIC BACKGROUND; 3. THE COMPOSITION OF THE GEORGICS: VERGIL''S FARM; 4. GOD; 5. THE HUMAN CONTEXT; 6. THE PLACE OF NATURE; Notes; Bibliography; Index

"The Works and Days" of Hesiod and Virgil''s "Georgics" are fundamental texts in the Greek canon. Here Nelson brings them together with a metaphysical eye, showing how the two writers each viewed the farming lifestyle as a system of belief unto itself. A translation of Hesiod is included.

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Based on Nelson's dissertation, this book again advances the notion that Hesiod meant Works and Days not merely as a farming manual but to show how the order of Zeus permeates both nature and self. Farming makes the various episodes into a whole, and, according to Nelson, this approach argues for the unified structure of Works and Days and supports its status as a work of literature. Farming was for Hesiod a way of life determined by Zeus; hence the ethical and religious themes that permeate the work. Nelson supports her thesis with a reading of Virgil's Georgics, a work of undisputed literary stature yet whose subject is farming. Nelson provides a detailed analysis of Theogony, as well as both Works and Days and Georgics. The combination of densely descriptive and argumentative style and presentation makes the book more suitable for scholars and graduate students specializing in the subject. The inclusion of Grene's poetic translation of Works and Days is a welcome contribution. H. M. Roisman; Colby College

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