Translation of the four books of "The Georgics" (29 BCE)- Virgil's celebration of the main aspects of Italian agriculture, ie corn, vines and olives, cattle and horses, and beekeeping. Not to be regarded as a farmer's manual "The Georgics" represent an affirmation of the "good life" of the Italian farmer - harsh and laborious but dignified and bringing the rewards of honest contentment and the knowledge that agriculture is the only basis of the greatness of the state. "The Georgics" are probably the supreme achievement of Latin poetry. This volume also contains a substantial introduction, setting "The Georgics" in their historical and literary perspective.
Virgil (70-19BC) studied rhetoric and philosophy in Rome where he became a court poet. As well as The Aeneid, his Eclogues earned him the reputation as the finest Latin poet.