By Matthäus Merian
Quadrupeds, birds, fishes, and bugs depicted realistically and fancifully, plus such fable creatures as unicorns, dragons, and basilisks. critical quantity of royalty-free snap shots for advertisement artists.
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24 C. G. 15) made Orpheus successful in restoring Eurydice: there is no previous tradition of his failure. Introduction xxxi 25 stories. Although Virgil’s Hellenistic narrative form seems to subordinate the Orpheus story to that of Aristaeus (whose irresponsible attempt to rape Eurydice set oﬀ this tragic sequence), the two heroes’ parallel situations give them equal signiﬁcance. Both men have earned heroic stature by their achievements (as farmer, as poet), both have suﬀered a major loss, both attempt a testing ordeal involving a journey outside the normal world of men (underwater, under earth), but one succeeds, the other fails.
For here you’ll ﬁnd a crop of grain, and there grapes growing in thick clusters, and over yonder young trees thriving and grasses coming into green all on their own. Can’t you see how scented saﬀron comes from the uplands of Lydia, ivory from India, incense from soft-hearted races of Arabia; and we get iron from unclothed inhabitants of Pontus, slimy castor from the Black Sea, and the choice of mares for breeding from a region in north Greece? * And so onward! From the sun’s ﬁrst tender touch, run your mighty teams through fertile ﬁelds, tossing sods about for baking heat to break them down to dust.
P. Wilkinson (Penguin, 1982), whose critical survey, The Georgics of Virgil (Cambridge, 1989) was a godsend; and C. Day Lewis (Jonathan Cape, 1940) who also ‘sang in time of war the arts of peace’. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY Texts and Commentary Mynors, R. A. , Virgil: Georgics (Oxford, 1990). Thomas, R. , Virgil: Georgics, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1988). For those who read Latin, the commentaries of both Thomas and Mynors are indispensable. Mynors was himself a landowner who planted and maintained his own woodland and Thomas shares his deep love of trees.
1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive) by Matthäus Merian