The Eclogues

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Penguin Adult, 1984 - Drama - 130 pages
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Haunting and enigmatic, Virgil s Eclogues combined a Greek literary form with scenes from contemporary Roman life to create a work that inspired a whole European tradition of pastoral poetry. For despite their rustic setting and the beauty of their phrasing, the poems in Virgil s first collection are also grounded in reality. Shepherds are overwhelmed by the torments of poetic love - but they must also endure such real-life events as the tragic consequences of Julius Caesar s murder in 44 bc and a civil war. In giving unforgettable expression to the disasters of the day through poetry, the Eclogues paved the way for the Georgics and the Aeneid, the two greatest works of Latin literature, and are also a major masterpiece in their own right.

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User Review  - Lesliemae - Goodreads

My focus is on Eclogues I and XI following Ken Hiltner's proposal that environmental awareness is part of Virgil's project as much as the political allegories that have dominated pastoral scholarship for the last 30+ years Read full review

Review: The Eclogues: Dual Language Edition

User Review  - Joćo - Goodreads

I've been introduced to bucolic poetry many years ago (Alberto Caeiro). Strange to understand now that the epitome of the style was achieved 2 thousand years previously. Read full review

About the author (1984)

Virgil, born in 70 B.C., is best remembered for his masterpiece, The Aeneid. He earned great favor by portraying Augustus as a descendant of the half-god, half-man Aeneas. Although Virgil swore on his deathbed that The Aeneid was incomplete and unworthy, it has been considered one of the greatest works of Western literature for more than two thousand years.

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