By Kronenberg

during this publication Professor Kronenberg exhibits that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics usually are 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 comparable arts to political lifestyles; yet rather than providing farming in its conventional guise as a good image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the energetic lifestyles, which in flip is juxtaposed to a popular contemplative lifestyle. even supposing those 3 texts should not frequently handled jointly, this publication convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills a big hole in our figuring out of the literary impacts at the Georgics by way of exhibiting that it really is formed not only through its poetic predecessors yet by means of philosophical dialogue.

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