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Vergil's Green Thoughts: Plants, Humans, and the Divine

Rebecca Armstrong


The Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid abound with plants, yet much Vergilian criticism underestimates their significance beyond attractive background detail or the occasional symbolic set-piece. This work joins the growing field of nature-centred studies of literature, looking head-on at Vergil’s plants and trees to reveal how fundamental they are to an understanding of the poet’s outlook on religion, culture, and mankind’s place within the world. The first half of the book explores the religious and more diffusely numinous aspects of Vergil’s plants, from awe–inspiring sacred groves to divinely ... More

Keywords: plants, flowers, crops, trees, gods, religion, nature, culture, wild, tame

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199236688
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199236688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Armstrong, author
Mary Bennett Fellow and Tutor in Classics at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and Associate Professor in Classical Languages and Literature at the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

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