VIRGIL (70 BCE - 19 BCE), translated by Harriet Waters PRESTON (1836 - 1911)

Virgil's Georgics are the second of the three major poetic works ascribed to the poet. It was published probably around 29 BC and, as the name suggests, the subject of the poem is agriculture. Divided into four books, it is also the shortest of Virgil's main poetry, with only 2188 hexametric verses. The poem draws on a variety of prior sources and has influenced many later authors from antiquity to the present. - Summary by Leni

Genre(s): Classics (Greek & Latin Antiquity), Epics

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Book 1, Part 1:The Invocation; Spring Ploughing; Treatment of the Land; Irrigation; The Beginnings of Agriculture Lucy Kempton
Play 02 Book 1, Part 2: Tools and Tasks; Ancient Maxims; Star-Lore; Appropriate Times for Tasks Cavaet
Play 03 Book 1, Part 3: Storms; The Worship Of Ceres; Weather Signs; The Portents At Julius Caesar’s Death; A Prayer for Augustus’s Success Shreya Sethi
Play 04 Book 2, Part 1: Methods of Propagation; The Labour Required; Treatment Of Individual Species; The Effects of Climate and Location; A Celebration of Italy KevinB
Play 05 Book 2, Part 2: The Nature of Various Soils; The Recognition of Soil Types; Planting A Vineyard Lucy Kempton
Play 06 Book 2, Part 3: Care of The Vineyard; A Wealth of Trees And Plants; The Joys Of The True Life Lucy Kempton
Play 07 Book 3, Part 1: Introduction; Breeding Stock Cavaet
Play 08 Book 3, Part 2: Care of the Sire and Dam; Care of Calves and Foals; The Dangers of Desire Cavaet
Play 09 Book 3, Part 3: The Care of Sheep and Goats; The Herdsmen of Africa and Scythia; Tending the Flocks Cavaet
Play 10 Book 3, Part 4: The Treatment of Diseases; The Plague Cavaet
Play 11 Book 4, Part 1: Introduction; Location and Maintenance of the Apiary; The Fighting Swarms; The Surrounding Garden Phil Schempf
Play 12 Book 4, Part 2: The Nature and Qualities of Bees; Gathering The Honey; Disease in Bees; Autogenesis of Bees Phil Schempf
Play 13 Book 4, Part 3: Aristaeus And His Mother Cyrene; The Capture of Proteus Phil Schempf
Play 14 Book 4, Part 4: Orpheus and Eurydice; Aristaeus Sacrifices to Orpheus; Virgil’s Envoi Phil Schempf