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By Kronenberg

during this ebook Professor Kronenberg exhibits that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics aren't easily works on farming yet belong to a convention of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to question the which means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its similar arts to political lifestyles; yet rather than featuring farming in its conventional guise as a good image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the lively existence, which in flip is juxtaposed to a well-liked contemplative lifestyle. even though those 3 texts are usually not often taken care of jointly, this e-book convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills an immense hole in our realizing of the literary affects at the Georgics via exhibiting that it's formed not only via its poetic predecessors yet through philosophical dialogue.

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