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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 practice of philosophical satire which makes use of allegory and irony to question the that means of morality. those works metaphorically attach farming and its similar arts to political lifestyles; yet rather than offering farming in its conventional guise as a favorable image, they use it to version the deficiencies of the energetic lifestyles, which in flip is juxtaposed to a popular contemplative lifestyle. even supposing those 3 texts will not be frequently handled jointly, this e-book 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 through displaying that it's formed not only through its poetic predecessors yet by means of philosophical dialogue.

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