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Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural Life in Vergil s Georgics (Hardback)

Philip Thibodeau

Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2011
ISBN 10: 0520268326 / ISBN 13: 9780520268326
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Titre : Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Playing the Farmer reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil s Georgics , a vibrant work written by Rome s 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 poem s 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 Vergil s 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 . N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520268326

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Synopsis : Playing the Farmer reinvigorates our understanding of Vergil?s Georgics, a vibrant work written by Rome?s 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 poem?s 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 Vergil?s 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.?

Page de garde: “Thibodeau examines Virgil?s representations, often fanciful and fictitious, of farming and of rural life in general, of the labor and leisure that help define survival on the land. With commanding learning and with a gifted critic?s taste and judgment, he aligns the Georgics against ancient writing on agronomy to illustrate how Virgil brilliantly manipulates his sources, and how in turn his innovations affected the work of later writers influenced by his authority.?—Michael Putnam, author of Virgil?s Poem of the Earth



“By using the interesting concept of 'economic fantasy,' Thibodeau rightly avoids separating (as many had done) form and farm, culture and agriculture in his new discussion of Vergil's agrarian poem.?—Alessandro Barchiesi, editor of The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies



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