The majority of epic poems from the Classical era are heroic epics, depicting heroic kings and warriors going on fantastic adventures to faraway lands, much like the Chivalric tales of the 15th and 16th centuries. Virgil's better-known work, "The Aeneid", is one such example, but it is his "Georgics" which I consider to be his magnum opus.
"The Georgics" is a celebration of country living during the Roman period, and gives a unique insight into life on a Roman country estate, something which has for so long been considered incomplete due to the lack of archaeological evidence and written documents.
The fourth book of "The Georgics" is unique in being virtually the only known text from the Roman era dedicated to bee-keeping, another part of Roman life that academics and writers take for granted. It seems incredible that I, who bought this book to follow up a single, solitary reference in one textbook, could learn so much from what the lecturers considered to be very little.
I encourage one and all to read "The Georgics" - it is well-written, it is gentle in its language, and it gives a very detailed insight into a way of life that has long since vanished.