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Current orthodoxy interprets the Georgics as a statement of profound ambivalence towards Octavian and his claim to be Rome's saviour after the catastrophe of the civil wars. This book takes issue with the model of the subtly subversive poet which has dominated scholarship for the last quarter of a century. It argues that in the turbulent political circumstances which obtained at the time of the poem's composition, Virgil's preoccupation with violent conflict has a highly optimistic import. Octavian's brutal conduct in the civil wars is subjected to a searching analysis, but is ultimately vindicated, refigured as a paradoxically constructive violence analogous to blood sacrifice or Romulus' fratricide of Remus. The vindication of Octavian also has strictly literary implications for Virgil. The close of the poem sees Virgil asserting his mastery of the Homeric mode of poetry and the providential world-view it was thought to embody.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Virgil, Georgica, Rome History Civil War, 43-31 B, C, Literature and the war, Augustus, Emperor of Rome, 63 B, C, -14 A, D, In literature, Political poetry, Latin History and criticism, Didactic poetry, Latin History and criticism, Virgil Political and social views, Politics and literature Rome, Agriculture in literature, Redemption in literature, Rhetoric, Ancient