Playing the Farmer

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:
Playing the Farmer

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The Georgics regularly treats its addressee as an agricola, and on occasion explicitly identifies him as such. To the extent then that the reader identifies with the addressee, the poem provides him or her with the imaginary experience of being a farmer. For the most part that experience did not correspond to anything in the daily routine of Vergil's ancient Roman readers. Accordingly, that experience is referred to as a fantasy, one in which the reader “plays the farmer.” That fantasy is the subject of this chapter. It focuses on economic fantasies, fictions in the poem's representations of such things as labor, management, and money on the farm.

Keywords: Vergil; Georgics; agricola; fantasy; farmer; economic fantasies

Chapter.  13085 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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