Saturday, June 16, 2012

Orpheus in Georgics IV

The best-known ancient telling of the Orpheus-Eurydice tale is found in Virgil's fourth Georgic. It's a powerful prior poetic treatment of the story, and can serve as a foil highlighting Ovid's very different telling of  it.

The Georgics have been translated by the astonishingly productive Tony Kline. The entire fourth Georgic is here. The Orpheus tale is nested inside the tale of Aristaeus, which begins here. It's actually Proteus who sings the tale of Orpheus, beginning here.

Aristaeus and Proteus

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