Milanion, Acontius and Gallus: Vergil, Eclogue 10.52-61
Reprinted from Transactions of the American Philological Association, Volume 116, 1986, pages 241-254.
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In the rambling sequence of thoughts in Ecl. 10.31-69 that expresses the state of the lovesick Gallus, Vergil depicts his friend as proposing to abandoning elegy for bucolic poetry, and to take up a pair of activities resumably related to this change. These activities - carving love messages on trees and hunting - are to some extent typical of the unrequited literary, especially pastoral, lover:1
Ralph M. Rosen and Joseph Farrell. "Milanion, Acontius and Gallus: Vergil, Eclogue 10.52-61" Departmental Papers (Classical Studies) (1986).
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