Chapter

Introduction

Philip Thibodeau

in Playing the Farmer

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268326
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268326.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to evoke the interest of the Georgics' representations of farming and rural life per se. Doing so will require two efforts. The first is a project of literary and historical reconstruction that will allow us to situate the Georgics within the discourse of agrarianism in ancient Rome. The second task of this book is to show how the poem innovates and departs from the conventions of agrarian discourse and practice. The chapter then provides an introduction to the poem and some scholarly approaches to it.

Keywords: Vergil; Georgics; farming; rural life; agrarianism; ancient Rome; poem

Chapter.  6026 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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