The poem has an explicit political dimension, making several references to Octavian, who would become emperor Augustus in 27 BCE. Vergil's patron Maecenas, in whose honor the poem was written, was a confidant and advisor to Octavian. Suetonius reports that Vergil and Maecenas read the Georgics to Octavian while he was ill in the summer of 29 BCE. There is debate as to whether Vergil's treatment of Octavian in the poem is entirely positive; but if Suetonius' report is accurate, it casts doubt upon the likelihood that the poem would contain any severe criticism of Octavian.
A "Georgic" is a traditional punishment of Harrow School and Eton College where pupils are required to copy hundreds of lines of the text — 500 sheets of p. In Frank Richards' (writing as Owen Conquest) 1951 English School Novel The Rivals of Rookwood School the reader is encouraged to assume that this the appropriate punishment given to any public schoolboy particularly for a member of the "Classics" alignment as opposed to the "Moderns" — in reference to the school in question being divided into those boys choosing/chosen for a Latin/Greek language training, and those who were training in modern languages.
At Harrow, a coloured Georgic is the name given to a Georgic where a four-coloured pen is used, resulting in a multicoloured Georgic, a much more time consuming and severe punishment. A coloured Georgic was traditionally punishment for spitting in the street, for extreme rudeness (such as to a lady) or for extreme punishment at the discretion of a 'beak' (master).
In 2003 the German company Icon Genetics encoded the lines from Georgics "Nec vero terrae ferre omnes omnia possunto" (Neither can every soil bear every fruit) into the genome of an Arabidopsis thaliana plant.
Timely engagements: summer and sustainability in The Georgics of Virgil.(The Georgics of Virgil: A Translation)(Book review)
Nov 01, 2006; The Georgics of Virgil: A Translation by David Ferry Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005. Bilingual Edition. September 2006...