Virgil Eclogues by Virgil & Robert Coleman oMYg3m4u

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Pastoral poetry was probably the creation of the Hellenistic poet Theocritus and he was certainly its most distinguished exponent in Greek. Vergil not only transposed the spirit of Greek pastoral into an Italian setting blending details from the life of his native countryside into the subsequent history of the genre. On publication the Eclogues won immediate acclaim and Vergils reputation as a major poet was established. In this edition Robert Coleman describes the earlier pastoral tradition