The design of Virgil's Bucolics
In 1986, reviewing recent work on the Bucolics, William S. Anderson wrote, "Van Sickle's Design, has produced the most persuasive portrait of the Eclogues, arguing cogently for what he calls an 'ideological order'." The Design of Virgil's Bucolics argues that Virgil composed his ten eclogues as parts of a system: the Book of Bucolics conceived as a concerted whole. The report of frequent theatre presentations showed that Virgil caught attention with dramatic flair, masking an ideological program that grew to encompass motifs of a returning Golden Age and new myth, providing cover for the Caesarist regime, casting the poet as a prophet, and laying groundwork for the Georgics and Aeneid. An extensive new Introduction to this second edition reviews developments and shortfalls in recent work on the Bucolics.
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Introduction to the Second Edition 2004
The Actual Writing
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Aeneid aition allusion ambition amor Amyntas Apollo Arcadian myth articulated auena background bucolic mode Callimachus carmina Catullus cited context contrast Corydon Damoetas Daphnis deus dramatic fiction E.ii E.iiii E.vi E.vii echoes eclogue book ecphrasis elegy epic epos erotic Eurotas fifth eclogue figure force fourth eclogue Frischer Gallus genre georgic goatherd goats Greek growth hence hero heroic Hesiod Homer Id.i Id.vii idea ideological iiii imagined implies language lover Lucretius Lycidas Maenalus Meliboeus Menalcas middle ground mihi Moeris Mopsus Musae Muses narrative narrator nature omnia Orpheus Otis Pasiphae passion pastoral persona Phyllis piece poem poet poetics poetry positive PRECEDENTS Putnam quae recalls retrospect Roman Rome Schmidt second eclogue Servius shepherd Sicilian Silenus siluae singer Skutsch song structure style stylistic suggests thematic themes Theocritean Theocritus Thyrsis Tityran bucolic Tityran mode Tityrus tradition uates vatic verse viii viiii Virgil Virgilian