Composti tra il 37 e il 30 a.C., i quattro libri delle Georgiche si inseriscono nella fortunata tradizione del poema didascalico, traendo ispirazione dalle opere di Esiodo e Lucrezio, Catone e Varrone. L’originalità e la genialità di Virgilio si esprimono nella capacità di trasformare l’arida lettera della disciplina agronomica in un’epopea del lavoro umano, in particolare delle attività agresti – dalla coltivazione dei campi a quella della vite, dall’allevamento all’apicoltura –, conforme all’ideologia augustea, che predicava un ritorno al costume dei padri e alla terra dopo molti anni di guerre civili.
- ISBN: 8811362725
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 304
GOD PERVADES ALL THINGS - EARTH AND SEA’S EXPANSE, AND HEAVEN’S DEPTH. Virgil, Fourth Georgic INTENSE CONFLICTS, IF RESOLVED SUCCESSFULLY, LEAVE BEHIND THEM A SENSE OF SECURITY AND PEACE WHICH IS NOT EASILY DISTURBED. C.J. Jung Many Early Christian apologists at the height of the Roman Empire - in view o Leggi tutto
I love how much Virgil loves bees.
Warning: long review. Poem itself first, then different translations. A 75 page poem about farming? You’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not. Beautiful poetry, a window into ancient times, and ideas to ponder. From my home in the central valley of California, I choose: And he, who having ploughed the fal Leggi tutto
A very different experience then the public domain translation I read earlier. Wilkinson was just really helpful. He has what I thought was a great introduction. And his translation is easy to follow. When I read the other version I spent all my effort just trying to understand the sentence I was re Leggi tutto
Politics and agriculture, an interesting mix especially when it comes to the topic of animal husbandry.
This is an excellent translation of Virgil's Georgics (the four poems he wrote just before the Aeneid), describing and praising the life of the farmer. The translator, Janet Lembke, is somewhat unique in that she's an American, her father was a farmer, and she is a naturalist as well as a classicist Leggi tutto
Imagine if Michael Pollan had written The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World using hexameter verse. Now you can begin to understand how cool the Georgics is. “Unfortunate man, what grass you have had to secure! Sit down on this couch, and let us both rest from our fears. Plants-eyed view Leggi tutto
This was recommended in the newsletter of a farmer I follow on social media, and I'm glad I picked it up. It was a quick read, but can also be read in small sections. I thought it was gorgeous, funny, horrifying, a nostalgic (for Virgil!) tour of rural Italy back when farming was very much manual lab Leggi tutto
Allow me to clarify those stars you see above. I love Virgil, with all of my heart. His depth is devastating and his verse, in the original Latin, is uncanny. Before Shakespeare he was the definition of greatness. And I love the Georgics. For some people, the Aeneid will always be the end of the dis Leggi tutto
I’ve just finished two contemporary book-club reads in a row that cited Virgil’s “Georgics,” either expressly or via imagery. Who would have guessed that a long, plotless poem about the everyday joys of farming in ancient Italy would exert so much influence on 21st century literature? Both “Eleanor Leggi tutto
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