Allegories of Farming from Greece and Rome: Philosophical by Kronenberg

By Kronenberg

during this e-book Professor Kronenberg indicates that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics usually are not easily works on farming yet belong to a practice of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to query the which means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its comparable arts to political lifestyles; yet rather than featuring farming in its conventional guise as a favorable image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the energetic lifestyles, which in flip is juxtaposed to a well-liked contemplative lifestyle. even though those 3 texts aren't frequently taken care of jointly, this publication convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills a tremendous hole in our realizing of the literary impacts at the Georgics via exhibiting that it's formed not only by means of its poetic predecessors yet through philosophical dialogue.

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