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Parthenope; the interplay of ideas in Vergilian bucolic.


Parthenope; the interplay of ideas in Vergilian bucolic.

Davis, Gregson.



177 pages



Mnemosyne supplements; v.346


Davis (classics, New York U.) explores the intersection of poetry and philosophy in Vergil's (70-19 BC) Eclogues, based on the assumption that the poet employs the bucolic apparatus partly as a means of exploring philosophical issues relating to the subject of human felicity, issues that were subject to robust debate in contemporary philosophical schools. He focuses mostly on issues that preoccupied the Epicureans, who were well represented among the Roman elite during the final century of the Republic. Among his topics are framing a dialogue on vicissitude, the ontology of the Golden Age, coping with erotic adversity, and the Vergilian critique of elegiac amor.

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