By Kronenberg

during this e-book Professor Kronenberg exhibits that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics aren't easily works on farming yet belong to a practice of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to question the that means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its comparable arts to political existence; 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 popular contemplative lifestyle. even if those 3 texts usually are not frequently handled jointly, this publication convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills an incredible hole in our figuring out of the literary impacts at the Georgics by means of exhibiting that it truly is formed not only through its poetic predecessors yet by means of philosophical dialogue.

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