Playing the Farmer

Playing the Farmer

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Playing the Farmer reinvigorates our understanding of Vergila€™s Georgics, a vibrant work written by Romea€™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 poema€™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 Vergila€™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 qthe best poem by the best poet.qThis curse-like labor or suffering is intrinsically evil, just as the manual labor performed by men is improbus. ... subeant herbae neu pulvere victa fatiscat. tum variae inludunt pestes: saepe exiguus mus sub terris posuitque domos atque horreaanbsp;...

Title:Playing the Farmer
Author:Philip Thibodeau
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011-07-05


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