This volume, together with its companion on the Eclogues and the previously published volume on the Aeneid, completes the coverage of Vergil's poetry in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies. It collects ten classic papers on the Georgics written between 1970 and 1999 by leading scholars from several different countries. The contributions are representative of recent developments in Vergilian scholarship, with some discussing general issues raised by the work and others treating important individual poems and passages. The editor's Introduction places the essays in their context. A conspectus of contemporary Georgics criticism, the book will be helpful to students who are encountering the poems for the first time - all Latin has been translated - and will also serve as a reference work for more seasoned scholars.
About the Author
Katharina Volk is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at Columbia University.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: scholarly approaches to the Georgics since the 1970s, Katharina Volk
2. Agriculture and the Georgics, M. S. Spurr
3. Prose into poetry: tradition and meaning in Virgil's Georgics, Richard F. Thomas
4. Authorial rhetoric in Virgil's Georgics, Richard Rutherford
5. Virgil's metamorphoses: myth and allusion in the Georgics, Monica R. Gale
6. Labor Improbus, Richard Jenkyns
7. Italian Virgil and the idea of Rome, Michael C. J. Putnam
8. Cosmology and national epic in the Georgics (Georgics 2.458-3.48), Philip Hardie
9. Pindar and the proem to the third Georgic, L. P. Wilkinson
10. Callimachus, the Victoria Berenices, and Roman poetry, Richard F. Thomas
11. The fourth Georgic: Virgil and Rome, Jasper Griffin