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By Kronenberg

during this booklet Professor Kronenberg indicates that Xenophon's Oeconomicus, Varro's De Re Rustica and Virgil's Georgics should not 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 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 though those 3 texts are usually not often taken care of jointly, this e-book convincingly connects them with an unique and provocative interpretation in their allegorical use of farming. It additionally fills a huge hole in our knowing of the literary impacts at the Georgics through displaying that it's formed not only via its poetic predecessors yet via philosophical dialogue.

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