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The Common SpringEssays on Latin and English Poetry$
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Niall Rudd

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675488

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675488.001.0001

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Virgil's Contribution to Pastoral

Virgil's Contribution to Pastoral

[From Proceedings of the Virgil Society 22 (1996) 53–77.]1

(p.1) 1 Virgil's Contribution to Pastoral
The Common Spring

Niall Rudd

Liverpool University Press

This chapter identifies five Virgilian modifications of Theocritus in the Eclogues: toning down Theocritus's fiestiness and moving the material to a higher literary register, use of other genres, presenting Roman current events in Theocritean mask, use of unTheocritean Greek poetry and the Romanising of the Theocritean style. Virgil is shown to consistently use, modify and refine Greek poetry as he develops his own style.

Keywords:   Virgil Eclogues, Theocritus, Pastoral

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