The Eclogues

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Penguin UK, Mar 30, 2006 - Poetry - 144 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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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
ECLOGUE I
ECLOGUE II
ECLOGUE III
ECLOGUE IV
ECLOGUE V
ECLOGUE VI
ECLOGUE VII
ECLOGUE VIII
ECLOGUE IX
ECLOGUE X
NOTES
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Virgil (70-19BC) studied rhetoric and philosophy in Rome where he became a court poet. As well as The Aeneid, his Eclogues earned him the reputation as the finest Latin poet.

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