Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural Life in Vergilís Georgics (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Jul 5, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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Playing the Farmer reinvigorates our understanding of Vergilís Georgics, a vibrant work written by Romeís 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 poemís 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 Vergilís 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Agricolae
17
Playing the Farmer
38
Nobility in Rustication
74
A Protreptic to Agronomy
116
To Enchant Readers
152
The Reception of the Georgics in Early Imperial Rome
202
Vergils Economic Status
245
Early Readership of the Georgics
248
Notes
257
Bibliography
291
General Index
305
Index Locorum
311
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About the author (2011)

Philip Thibodeau is Associate Professor of Classics at Brooklyn College.

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