The Interplay of Ideas in Vergilian Bucolic

eBook - 2012
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This study of the 'Eclogues' focusses on Vergil's exploration of issues relating to the subject of human happiness ('eudaimonia') - ideas that were the subject of robust debate in contemporary philosophical schools, including the community of âemigrâe Epicurean teachers and their Roman pupils located in the vicinity of Naples ("Parthenope"). The latent "interplay of ideas" implicit in the songs of the various poet-herdsmen centers on differing attitudes to acute misfortune and loss, particularly in the spheres of land dispossession and frustrated erotic desire. In the bucolic dystopia that Vergil constructs for his audience, the singers resort to different means of coping with the vagaries of fortune (tyche). This relatively neglected ethical dimension of the poems in the Bucolic collection receives a systematic treatment that provides a useful complement to the primarily aesthetic and socio-political approaches that have predominated in previous scholarship.
Publisher: Leiden ;, Boston :, Brill,, 2012
Copyright Date: Ă2012
ISBN: 9789004233256
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 181 pages)


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