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Vergil's Green ThoughtsPlants, Humans, and the Divine$
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Rebecca Armstrong

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199236688

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199236688.001.0001

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Vergil's Green Thoughts

Rebecca Armstrong

Oxford University Press

This section first offers a brief digest of some vegetative continuities and contrasts within Vergil’s oeuvre, offering links back to fuller discussions in the main body of the study in a way which helps to knit together the different themes of the earlier chapters. The section—and the book—then concludes with a close reading of the famous tree-felling vignette of Aeneid 6. This passage offers in microcosm a fine illustration of Vergil’s ability to combine self-conscious comment on his own status as a poet and his place within poetic traditions with reflections on both religion and cultivation, the two major themes of this book.

Keywords:   tree-felling, metapoetics, Ennius, numen, cultivation

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