Virgil (Publius Vergilius Marco) 70-19 B.C.

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Virgil, the foremost of all Roman epic poets likewise wrote on agriculture. Although he cultivated his own estate until 30 years of age, he was generally unfamiliar with agricultural problems. He spent the remainder of his life at the court of Emperor Augustus. He had read Xenophon, Hesiod, Cato, and Varro. His Georgics is considered a "poetical compendium of agriculture taken from Greek and Roman writers then extant but particularly from Varro" (Loudon). He depicted the beauty and peace of country life.