The great Latin poet, Virgil, holding a volume on which is written the Aeneid. On either side stand the two muses: "Clio" (history) and "Melpomene" (tragedy). The mosaic, which dates from the 3rd Century A.D., was discovered in the Hadrumetum in Sousse, Tunisia and is now on display in the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia.

Public Reading of Virgil's "Georgics"

The Friends of Antiquity invite you to a reading in English of The Georgics as part of The University of Queensland's Centenary Alumni Reunion Weekend (July 2nd-4th).

"The Georgics" was written in four books in the form of a farming treatise dealing with the production of grain, olives and vines, the raising of cattle and sheep and apiculture. In reality, the work is a panegyric of the farmer's life in the Italian countryside, written in some of the most passionate and inspired poetry ever written, whose influence on subsequent European literature is inestimable and continues up to the present day.

Come along and enjoy the work which contains some of the most beautiful and inspired poetry in Western Literature, read in its entirety in English.

Free Admission.

  • 10:30am-11.45am On the Cultivation of Cereals
  • 11.45am-1:00pm On Arboriculture
  • 1:30pm-2:15pm On Farm Animals
  • 2:45pm-4:00pm On Apiculture

* There will be an interval between the reading of each book for refreshments. Listeners may attend the reading of all four books or of individual books.