The Eclogues, Georgics, and Moretum of Virgil: With Explanatory Notes and a Lexicon (Classic Reprint)

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The most finished work of Virgil, his Georgica, an agricultu ral poem, was undertaken at the suggestion of Maecenas. Its object was to recommend the principles of the ancient Romans, their love of home, of labor, of piety, and order; to magnify their domestic happiness and greatness; to make men proud of their country on better grounds than the mere glory of its arms and extent of its conquests. To comprehend the moral grandeur of the Georgics, in point of style the most per feet piece of Roman literature, we must regard it as the glori fication of Labor. 1 While writing this poem, Virgil composed many verses in the morning, but by evening reduced them to a very few; so that he used to compare himself to a bear, which licks its shapeless offspring into form.

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