Georgics - Nevina Strelkova ENG230b Study Questions for Selections from the Georgics by Virgil 1 The seven mythological figures Virgil addresses

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Nevina Strelkova ENG230b 05/11/2007 Study Questions for Selections from the Georgics by Virgil 1. The seven mythological figures Virgil addresses are Bacchus (the god of wine), Ceres (god of agriculture), Achelous (the river god), Neptune (the god of the sea), Tegean Pan (god of shepherds), Minerva (goddess of crafts) and Silvanus (god of forests and wood). He uses them to explain how these gods contribute to the fruitfulness of the earth. Which seven mythological figures does Virgil address by name in the invocation? Virgil addresses by name in Invocation seven mythological figures: - Bacchus - the god of wine; - Ceres – the god of agriculture; - Achelous - the river god; - Neptune - the god of the sea; - Tegean Pan – the god of shepherds; - Minerva – the goddess of crafts; - Silvanus – the god of forests and wood. He uses them to explain how these gods contribute to the fruitfulness of the earth. 2. Virgil claims that Ceasar is destined to rule the earth along with the gods. He is using a praising tone to show his admiration towards the emperor. Virgil claims that Caesar will have the opportunity to live and rule with the gods after his death. His tone seems to be praising because he shows his respect for the emperor. 3. He advises the people to first know their land and its characteristics (‘what each region grows and what it rejects’). His second advice is to plough the earth with the oxen in the first months of the year. One observation Virgil makes is that when ‘the earth has not been fertile it’s enough to lift it in shallow furrows’. 4. Virgil explains that after Jupiter’s arrival the earth changed and did not give everything freely
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Georgics - Nevina Strelkova ENG230b Study Questions for Selections from the Georgics by Virgil 1 The seven mythological figures Virgil addresses

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