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By Kronenberg

during this e-book Professor Kronenberg exhibits that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics usually are not easily works on farming yet belong to a practice of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to query the that means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its comparable arts to political existence; yet rather than offering farming in its conventional guise as a good image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the energetic lifestyles, which in flip is juxtaposed to a popular contemplative lifestyle. even if those 3 texts usually are not often taken care of jointly, this publication convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills a major hole in our knowing of the literary affects at the Georgics by way of exhibiting that it really is formed not only through its poetic predecessors yet via philosophical dialogue.

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