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Patterns of Redemption in Virgil's Georgics

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Patterns of Redemption in Virgil's Georgics by Llewelyn Morgan
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Current orthodoxy interprets the Georgics as a statement of profound ambivalence towards Octavian and his claim to be Rome's saviour after the catastrophe of the civil wars. This book takes issue with the model of the subtly subversive poet which has dominated scholarship for the last quarter of a century. It argues that in the turbulent political circumstances which obtained at the time of the poem's composition, Virgil's preoccupation with violent conflict has a highly optimistic import. Octavian's brutal conduct in the civil wars is subjected to a searching analysis, but is ultimately vindicated, refigured as a paradoxically constructive violence analogous to blood sacrifice or Romulus' fratricide of Remus. The vindication of Octavian also has strictly literary implications for Virgil. The close of the poem sees Virgil asserting his mastery of the Homeric mode of poetry and the providential world-view it was thought to embody.
Release date NZ
September 2nd, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
266
Dimensions
138x216x19
ISBN-13
9780521651660
Product ID
2425424

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