Sunday, July 24, 2011

Winbolt's Georgics

I stumbled upon this edition of the first book of Vergil's Georgics using googlebooks.  It was first published in 1900 by Samuel Edward Winbolt, who wrote a number of textbooks on Latin verse and Latin language. What I like most about it are the illustrations, and the way they suggest Roman culture was a more exotic creature than the bland Victorian preface to the work would have you believe.  Check out the Pan (p. 2), the 'naked Chalybes' (5; mythical metalworking dwarves), Demeter and Triptolemus (11; goddess of Grain and the 'first inventor' of grain farming, riding a dragon-powered chariot)), the drinking trough (18), etc.

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