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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Review: The Eclogues: Dual Language EditionUser 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 EditionUser 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