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By Wendell Clausen

Unusually, this can be the 1st full-scale scholarly statement at the Eclogues to seem during this century. those ten brief pastorals are top-of-the-line identified poems in Latin literature. Clausen's remark offers a entire consultant to either the poems and the enormous scholarship surrounding them. There are brief introductions to every poem, in addition to a common advent to the Eclogues as a complete.

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Sic canibus catulos similis , sic matribus haedos noram , sic paruis componere magna solebam . uerum haec tantum alias inter caput extulit urbes quantum lenta solent inter uiburna cupressi. E t quae tanta fuit Romam tibi causa uidend i ? Libertas, quae sera tamen respexit inertem , candidior postquam tondenti barba cadebat, respexit tamen et Iongo post tempore uenit, 5 ro I5 20 25 2 siluestrem] agrestem (E. vi 8) Quint. ix 4· 8 5 1 2 turbatur i I -29 PR Quint. i 4· 28, Cons. 372 . 3 5 , 'uera lectio' iudice Seru.

Amaryllis had been sad, calling on the gods , leaving the apples on her tree unpicked . And Meliboeus now understands why : Tityrus was away ( 3 6-8 ) . He had gone to Rome, the old slave , to seek redress from the young master of Italy, since nowhere else could he be delivered from slavery , 40 ' neque seruitio me exire lice bat ' . 9 But loss of property did not entail loss of freedom . Why , then, does Tityrus speak of slavery ? ' Freedom ' (libertas) and ' slavery' (seruitium, seruitus) were estab­ lished political metaphors, 10 and libertas had acquired a current significance : it was the slogan of Octavian and his party .

348. 25 8 incipiant P• dimittere bcdefr 9 ueteres . . fagos M: ueteris . . fagi Paw, Quint. viii 6. 46 I I audierat M'P' I7 cadit Maw : cadet Pb 29 ferant P' ECLOGUE IX L . Sic tua Cyrneas fugiant examina taxos, sic cytiso pastae distendant ubera uaccae , incipe , si quid habes . et me fecere poetatn Pierides , sunt et mihi carmina, me quoque dicunt uatem pastores; sed non ego credulus illis. nam neque adhuc Vario uideor nee dicere Cinna digna, sed argutos inter strepere anser olores . M. I d quidem ago et tacitus, Lycida, mecum ipse uoluto, si ualeam meminisse; neque est ignobile carmen .

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