Bulls and Boxers in Apollonius and Vergil

Classical Quarterly 39 (02):557- (1989)
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In a famous passage of the third book of the Georgics Vergil describes two bulls fighting over a formosa iuuenca; the bull which is at first beaten goes off to recover and prepare, returning to attack again its arrogant opponent. The description of the bull's training blends the toughness of early man, the playfulness of a young animal, the suffering of the exclusus amator and the preparations of a human athlete: ergo omni cura uiris exercet et inter dura iacet pernox instrato saxa cubili frondibus hirsutis et carice pastus acuta, 230 et temptat sese atque irasci in cornua discit arboris obnixus trunco, uentosque lacessit ictibus, et sparsa ad pugnam proludit harena

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Man and Beast in Lucretius and the Georgics.Monica R. Gale - 1991 - Classical Quarterly 41 (02):414-.
Man and Beast in Lucretius and the Georgics.Monica R. Gale - 1991 - Classical Quarterly 41 (2):414-426.

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