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Eclogues by Virgil
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Jan 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: latin-textbooks, read-2012, roman-literature, fiction
Recommended for: fans of Vergil

What can I say? It's Vergil, and Vergil is the master poet. Working through the Latin was slow and sometimes laborious, often due to the countless names of trees, flowers, and other plants, but the end result is satisfaction and often longing for the idyllic landscape of Arcadia and the simple lifestyle of the shepherd. The poems purport to be the songs of rustic men, who are taking a break from herding their sheep. They vie with one another over who can play their pipes the most skillfully and who can sing the most convincingly about unfulfilled love.

Robert Coleman's commentary is pretty thorough and generally helpful for the advanced translator. You'll find the information you need (as well as don't need), and you will get a good bit of translation help for tricky passages, but there is an assumption that the reader has a good deal of translation experience behind him.

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