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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virgil Narrator: Charlton Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Virgil's Georgics ranks as one of the most precious pastoral poems ever written, and it has served as a model for its type ever since. Georgics means of or relating to agriculture or rural life and it comes from the Greek word georgicus. Virgil's main theme in this, his second great work after The Eclogues, was the importance of peace both in the spiritual and physical sense. One arrives at this peace through embracing the hard life of the farmer and also coming to an understanding of one's place in the universe.

Virgil used the Greek poet Hesiod as his guide for describing why the cheerful acceptance of laboring on a farm was salutary. (Hesiod's Works and Days is an attempt by the poet to explain to an estranged brother why his work on the family farm would make him a better person.)

As for an understanding of one's place in the universe, Virgil used as his model the Epicurean philosophy in the poetry of his fellow Roman, Lucretius. But although Virgil absorbed the incredible poetry of both Hesiod and Lucretius, he did not copy them. His work is entirely his own. The Georgics is an amazing synthesis of the scientific and the spiritual, which continues to amaze us to this day.

This great poem is organized into four parts, or books. Its ostensible subject is farming and the correct seasons for the various chores of the farmer: the cultivation of vines and the planting of trees, farm animals and their diseases, and, finally, how to care for bees. Though Virgil claims that his aim is to teach, the real result is to inspire us with the genius of his poetic ability.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason R. | 1/2/2014

    " I must admit that many of the references were lost on me as a city boy. But it sure sounded good and it's Virgil, for God's sake. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 9/7/2013

    " This was the hardest book to read. I don't know why it was worse than any of the other classics, but it about killed me. Even illustrating the margins didn't help. Good luck "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Hanover | 8/13/2013

    " David Ferry's translation is fantastic. The voice of Virgil remains formal yet alive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 8/9/2013

    " A new translation of Virgil's Second major work on agriculture, vine-culture, husbandry, and bee-keeping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pavel | 8/12/2008

    " Excellent translation, helpful notes. Reading this takes you to another world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Selin | 7/13/2008

    " Nice to know that if I ever run into Virgil while in purgatory, we'll have a common interest to chat about:-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Silva | 10/10/2007

    " I am such a sucker for beautiful prose. Virgil writes like no other. What a rare treat to find the story of Orpheus at the end of this collection! Stunningly written I must say. I had the K.R. McKenzie translation. An instant favorite. "

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Author Virgil

Virgil (70–19 BC), regarded as the greatest Roman poet, was born in a small village near Mantua in Northern Italy and attended school at Cremona, Milan, and Rome, where he studied mathematics, medicine, and rhetoric. He devoted his life, from 30 to 19 BC, to the composition of The Aeneid, the national epic of Rome.