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Short Description for Virgil: Georgics: Volume 1, Books I-II: v. 1 These two volumes provide a commentary, with text on Virgil's "Georgics" written between 35 and 29 BC. The background of the poem and its relationship to the early years of Augustan Rome are considered and a section interprets the poem in the light of recent scholarship.
- Published: 06 September 2002
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521278508 ISBN 10: 0521278503
- Sales rank: 229,944
Full description for Virgil: Georgics: Volume 1, Books I-II: v. 1
This volume and its companion volume devoted to the second half of the poem provide a detailed commentary, with text, on the whole of Virgil's Georgics. Professor Thomas describes this work as 'perhaps the most difficult, certainly the most controversial, poem in Roman literature'. He presents the Georgics as the finished poem of Virgil's mature years, approaching it not merely as a part of the tradition of didactic poetry, but rather as a work which confronts, behind its generic appearance, issues not essentially different from those which inform the Eclogues and Aeneid. His introduction and Commentary argue that Virgil's agricultural world, with its successes, failures and ultimate limitations, represents the arena for man's struggle with the realities of existence. Professor Thomas pays particular attention to Virgil's allusion to and reshaping of prior Greek and Latin poetry. The Introduction also covers stylistic, metrical and structural questions. A subject index and indexes of important Greek and Latin words conclude each volume. This edition is aimed primarily at students at university and in the upper forms of schools, but the range of its scholarship means that it will be valuable to all classical scholars. The Introduction contains material for non-classicists interested in Latin literature.