The Eclogues


The Eclogues, by Virgil - click to see full size image

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The Eclogues, also called the Bucolics, is the first of the three major works of the Latin poet Virgil. A work that inspired a whole European tradition of pastoral poetry, the Eclogues consists of ten parts: 1- A dialogue between Tityrus and Meliboeus; 2 - A monologue by the shepherd Corydon; 3 - a singing competition between Menalcas and Damoetas; 4 - Describes the birth of a boy, a supposed savior, who, once he is of age, will become divine and eventually rule over the world; 5 - The shepherds Menalcas and Mopsus mourn their deceased companion Daphnis; 6 - The story of how two boys, Chromis and Mnasyllos, and a Naiad persuaded Silenus to sing to them; 7 - The goatherd Meliboeus, remembers how he happened to be present at a singing match between Corydon and Thyrsis; 8 - The poet reports the contrasting songs of two shepherds whose music is as powerful as that of Orpheus; 9 - Dramatizes the preliminaries to a friendly singing-match that never takes place; and, 10 - Virgil invents a new myth of poetic authority and origin - this final eclogue is the origin of the phrase omnia vincit amor (love conquers all).

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 26 pages in the PDF version. This prose translation by J. W. Mackail was originally published in 1934.

Production notes: This ebook of The Eclogues was published by Global Grey on the 5th July 2018.

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