by , translated by J. W. MacKail
|The Book of Bucolics [aka Eclogues] is the first of three major works in the epic genre by the Latin poet Virgil.
Taking over the Greek bucolic epic invented by Theocritus, Virgil creates a Roman version partly by offering a dramatic and mythic interpretation of revolutionary change at Rome between 42 and about 38 BCE. The book contains ten pieces called eclogues (sc. 'drafts' or 'selections') populated by-and-large with herdsmen imagined suffering or embracing revolutionary change and making song in largely rural settings. Performed with great success on the Roman stage, their mix of political vision and erotic scandal made Virgil a celebrity, legendary in his own lifetime. — Excerpted from Bucolics on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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The Book of Bucolics and separate eclogues
Written some time between 42 and 35 BCE
- Eclogue I
- Eclogue II
- Eclogue III
- Eclogue IV
- Eclogue V
- Eclogue VI
- Eclogue VII
- Eclogue VIII
- Eclogue IX
- Eclogue X