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Author Morgan, Llewelyn.

Title Patterns of redemption in Virgil's Georgics / Llewelyn Morgan
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (x, 255 pages)
Series Cambridge classical studies
Cambridge classical studies.
Contents Part I, Prima ab origine. The old man of the sea ; Aristeia -- Part II, Mirabile dictu. Ox and paradox ; Poeta creatus -- Postscript. Sphragis -- Appendix I. Proteus and Prōteús [in Greek script] -- Appendix II. [Georgics and the Odyssey] 4.400 -- Appendix III. Sparsere per agros
Summary "Current orthodoxy interprets the Georgics as a statement of profound ambivalence towards Octavian and his claim to be Rome's saviour after the catastrophe of the civil wars. This book takes issue with the model of the subtly subversive poet which has dominated scholarship for the last quarter of a century. It argues that in the turbulent political circumstances which obtained at the time of the poem's composition, Virgil's preoccupation with violent conflict has a highly optimistic import. Octavian's brutal conduct in the civil wars is subjected to a searching analysis, but is ultimately vindicated, refigured as a paradoxically constructive violence analogous to blood sacrifice or Romulus' fratricide of Remus, a prerequisite of the foundation of Rome
The vindication of Octavian also has strictly literary implications for Virgil. The close of the poem sees Virgil asserting his mastery of the Homeric mode of poetry, the most sublime available, and the providential world-view it was thought to embody."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Trinity College, Cambridge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-251) and indexes
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B.C.-14 A.D. -- In literature.
Virgil -- Political and social views.
Virgil. Georgica.
Agriculture in literature.
Didactic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Political poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Rome.
Redemption in literature.
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Rome -- History -- Civil War, 43-31 B.C. -- Literature and the war.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511549415 (electronic bk)
1107720117 (electronic bk)
9780511549410 (electronic bk)
9781107720114 (electronic bk)