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Virgil, Georgics 2.458

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Following on from yesterday’s less than fortunate farmer, here is Virgil’s hyperbolic assessment of the unrecognised benefits of living in the country.

o fortunatos nimium, sua si bona norint, agricolas!

Oh, how excessively happy farmers would be, if only they were aware of their good fortune!

This line is mentioned in a letter which I serendipitously discovered in the Gentleman’s Journal and Historical Chronicle, on Dr Johnson’s objections to ‘the particle O used at the beginning of a sentence’. A quick Google also leads us to this page which records the inscription of this line on a rustic gate-post!

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November 16, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Posted in Virgil

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