By Wendell Clausen

ISBN-10: 0198149166

ISBN-13: 9780198149163

Strangely, this can be the 1st full-scale scholarly statement at the Eclogues to seem during this century. those ten brief pastorals are the most effective identified poems in Latin literature. Clausen's statement offers a finished advisor to either the poems and the huge scholarship surrounding them. There are brief introductions to every poem, in addition to a common advent to the Eclogues as a complete.

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Desine Maenalios, iam desine, tibia, uersus . Haec Damon; uos, quae responderit Alphesiboeus, dicite, Pierides : non omnia possumus omnes. A. Effer aquam et molli cinge haec altaria uitta uerbenasque adole pinguis et mascula tura, coniugis ut magicis sanos auertere sacris experiar sensus; nihil hie nisi carmina desunt. ducite ab urbe domum, mea carmina, ducite Daphnin . carmina uel caelo possunt deducere lunam , carminibus Circe socios mutauit Vlixi, frigidus in pratis cantando rumpitur anguis.

Et nunc omne tibi stratum silet aequor, et omnes , aspice , uentosi ceciderunt murmuris aurae . hinc adeo media est nobis uia; namque sepulcrum incipit apparere Bianoris. hie, ubi densas agricolae stringunt frondes , hie, Moeri, canamus; hie haedos depone , tamen ueniemus in urbem . aut si nox pluuiam ne colligat ante ueremur, 25 30 35 40 45 so 55 6o 3o-63 MPa 30 Cyrneas M' aw (Cyrineas fs), Seru. hie et ad G. iv 47: Grynaeas ( Grineas) M'Pcer, utrumque Gramm. 35 Vario Pa, Seru. : Varo Mw, 'alii' ap.

1 1 Virgil deliberately confuses the private with the public sense of libertas, 1 2 and by so doing solves his literary problem , that of expressing gratitude to Octavian in the pastoral mode. 1 3 Not gratitude for a personal favour- Tityrus has a purely poetic existence - but a ' See ad Joe. 9 See ad Joe. 10 E. g Cic. Pro Sest. 1 I 8 ' sed quid ego populi Romani animum uirtutemque commemoro, libertatem iam ex diuturna seruitute dispicientis ? ' , Phil. 5· 2 I 'quid erat aliud nisi denuntiare populo Romano seruitutem ?

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