By Kronenberg

ISBN-10: 0521517265

ISBN-13: 9780521517263

during this e-book Professor Kronenberg indicates that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics should not easily works on farming yet belong to a convention of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to query the that means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its similar arts to political existence; yet rather than proposing farming in its conventional guise as a favorable image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the lively existence, which in flip is juxtaposed to a popular contemplative lifestyle. even supposing those 3 texts will not be often taken care of jointly, this booklet convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills a massive hole in our knowing of the literary impacts at the Georgics by way of displaying that it's formed not only by way of its poetic predecessors yet by way of philosophical dialogue.

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