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5.0 out of 5 stars Virgil's Masterpiece
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.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No line numbers
Whilst it is a good translation and the notes are really useful this book has one major flaw for any classics student- it has no line numbers. Whilst for the average reader this is of little importance for a classics student who needs to provide proper referencing line numbers are essential. I am just glad it only cost me 77p!
Published on 16 May 2012 by J.Handy


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5.0 out of 5 stars Virgil's Masterpiece, 14 Sep 2011
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This review is from: The Georgics (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading description, 2 Jan 2013
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The comments below imply that this contains Mynor's commentary and other editorial materials.

It is not so. This product is a bare text of an anonymous English translation of Virgil's Georgics with no indication of translator and no other pertinent information.

Had I not read the reviews on this page I would not have forked out 4.99 for this product.

The publishers and/or Amazon need to get their act together when marketing classics texts.

I shall think twice before purchasing this kind of material again.

Very, very disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No line numbers, 16 May 2012
This review is from: Georgics (Kindle Edition)
Whilst it is a good translation and the notes are really useful this book has one major flaw for any classics student- it has no line numbers. Whilst for the average reader this is of little importance for a classics student who needs to provide proper referencing line numbers are essential. I am just glad it only cost me 77p!
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5.0 out of 5 stars RAB Mynors, Commentary on the Georgics by Virgil, 3 Feb 2011
This is the best commentary available on the Georgics. It was published in 1990 and reflects the strong empathy Roger Mynors had with farming, the countryside and especially beekeeping in Book 4.
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