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Patterns of Redemption in Virgil's Georgics : Cambridge Classical Studies - Llewelyn Morgan

Patterns of Redemption in Virgil's Georgics

Cambridge Classical Studies

Hardcover Published: 13th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521651660
Number Of Pages: 255

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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. 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 and the providential world-view it was thought to embody.

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Prima ab Origine
The Old Man of the Sea
Mirabile Dictu
Ox and paradox
Poeta creatus
Postscript: Sphragis
Proteus and Proteus
Sparsere per agros
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ISBN: 9780521651660
ISBN-10: 0521651662
Series: Cambridge Classical Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 255
Published: 13th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.72  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.41