Tuesday, November 05, 2019



Jonathan Bate, How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019), pp. 200-201:
This notion of a progression from lighter to more serious matter was based on the so-called cursus Virgilius, the model of the Virgilian poetic career that began with pastoral (the Eclogues or Bucolics), proceeded to labor (the Georgics, poems about the work of farming), and climaxed in epic (the Aeneid, poetry of a nation).
Read Virgilianus for Virgilius. The mistake is repeated in the index (p. 351).


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