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Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural Life in Vergil's Georgics

Philip Thibodeau


This book 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, the book 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. It 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 wid ... More

Keywords: Vergil, Georgics, Rome, epic poet, Aeneid, rustic life, agriculture, countryside, country life, agrarian ideals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520268326
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520268326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Thibodeau, author