Bachelor of Arts
Major or Concentration
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
This paper explores the concepts of success, failure, and obedience as seen in the Orpheus-Aristaeus story in Vergil's Georgics IV. Through their contrast, along with the juxtaposition of bees, Vergil's Georgics IV demonstrates that obedience in pre- Augustan Rome truly enables success, instead of the widely held notion that hard work does so. It is through the examination of love, toil, obedience, and the separate paths Orpheus, the bees, and Aristaeus take to achieve their goals, that the reader is able to understand Vergil's message in this last book of his masterpiece.
Gavin, Julie Kinsella, "Success, Failure, and Obedience in Georgics Book IV" (2015). Student Research Submissions. 32.