Georgics (Virgil)

This is an easy, pastoral treatise, marking an early agrarianism.

Georgics 1 and 3: life is hard

Georgics 2 and 4: life is easy.

According to John Dryden, the books move from dead matter, to the beginnings of life (book 2), to animal life, and then, not with men, but with bees. 

There is an “eternal bond” put upon the world by “Nature’s hand” (I:60).  Like Hesiod, Virgil hints at a primordial community of men.

Book IV ends with suggestions of a Roman golden age.


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