From the new 2 0 0 5 D U C K W O R T H A C A D E M I C C A T A L O G
This series makes available in affordable paperback editions key monographs on
topics central to the study of the classical world.
THE DESIGN OF VIRGIL’S BUCOLICS
JOHN VAN SICKLE
“Van Sickle’s book is the first to argue, and argue convincingly, for a poetics
of Virgil’s eclogue book that both comprehends and unifies the whole. He
expands our understanding of epos to embrace not only the work of Hesiod
and Homer but Virgilian bucolic as well, a poetic world that looks backward
to lay forceful claim to Arcadian origins and anticipates the Georgics and
Aeneid to come.”—MICHAEL C.J. PUTNAM, BROWN UNIVERSITY
“The Design of Virgil’s Bucolics remains one of the seminal works of Vergilian
scholarship. Its approach to programmatic arrangement and its model of
intertextuality have set the agenda for studies of the Bucolics during the past
quarter-century.”—MARILYN B. SKINNER, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
In 1986, reviewing recent work on the Bucolics, William S. Anderson wrote, ‘Van Sickle’s,
Design, has produced the most persuasive portrait of the Eclogues, arguing cogently for
what he calls an “ideological order”.’ The Design of Virgil’s Bucolics argues that Virgil
composed his ten eclogues as parts of a system: the Book of Bucolics conceived as a
concerted whole. The report of frequent theatre presentations showed that Virgil caught
attention with dramatic flair, masking an ideological program that grew to encompass
motifs of a returning Golden Age and new myth, providing cover for the Caesarist regime,
casting the poet as a prophet, and laying groundwork for the Georgics and Aeneid.
An extensive new Introduction to this second edition reviews developments and
shortfalls in recent work on the Bucolics.
JOHN B. VAN SICKLE is a professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the Brooklyn
College and Graduate School, City University of New York. He is the author of many Virgilian studies,
including A Reading of Virgil’s Messianic Eclogue (1992) and Poesia e potere. Il mito Virgilio (1986).
Paper 1-85399-676-9 $31.00
280 Pages 5 1/3 x 8 1/2
DI S T R I B U T E D I N T H E UN I T E D S TAT E S OF A M E R I C A :
International Publishers Marketing, P.O. Box 605, Herndon,VA 20172-0605
Sale price until February, 28, 2005: $25.00.