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.
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