Playing the Farmer : Representations of Rural Life in Vergil's Georgics

By: Thibodeau, PhilipMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (335 p.)ISBN: 9780520950252Subject(s): Agriculture in literature | Agriculture in literature | Allusions | Allusions | 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 | Virgil. GeorgicaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Playing the Farmer : Representations of Rural Life in Vergil’s GeorgicsDDC classification: 871.01 | 871/.01 LOC classification: PA6804.G4 T48 2011Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
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
Summary: 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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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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Like other Augustan poetry, Virgil's Georgics has in recent decades attracted contrary interpretations: critics disagree on whether the poem extols the status quo, under the emperor's reinvention of the Roman Republic, or critiques it. Thibodeau's historicist study usefully cuts across this division, destabilizing Virgil's artificially unitary notion of the "farmer" and subordinating questions about the poem's political loyalties to an analysis of its fictions. Thibodeau (Brooklyn College) reads the Georgics against the realities of agricultural life for landowning Romans (Virgil's targeted audience)--no simple matter, since the actual farming was done by underlings of various degrees. Thibodeau's main task in his early chapters is to explicate the role-playing that reading the poem, and accepting the poet's "you," entailed. The book then opens into a more general study of the poem's didactic fiction, which deserves a more systematic narratological treatment than it receives here; the last chapter, which does little more than survey evidence for knowledge of the poem in the following generations of Roman writers, could have benefited from a return to Thibodeau's earlier focus. Aimed toward a nonspecialist readership, the book is lucidly written, and background material is laid out well. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. J. D. Reed Brown University

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ThibodeauPhilip:

Philip Thibodeau is Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College.

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